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post #11 of 27 Old 05-12-2012, 11:18 AM
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It is far, far easier to have the hen raise him. Making a new nest for her in a better location or a cage and putting the baby under her at night may work, unless she rejects him now.
Heating pad is a no-no and will permanently damage his feet/toes.
He will die in a few days without the constant proper temperature of heat lamp, approx 100 degrees in a corner of a safe box, feed and water, and grit. Also a companion or at least a feather duster or he will peep constantly and exhaust himself.
Check backyardchickens forum for loads of great advice, Good luck with him/her
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It is far, far easier to have the hen raise him. This is what I get for listening to the neighbor instead of researching. I was told to take him out or the rooster would kill him. Making a new nest for her in a better location or a cage and putting the baby under her at night may work, unless she rejects him now. I am going out now to close off a part of the coop the rooster can't reach. I hope she will take him/her back. I know nothing about raising baby chicks other than they are cute and can live in their own enclosure with heat lamps etc. after they reach 7 days old. This is why I didn't want babies. I don't like animals dying because I am ignorant of what they need. *sigh*
Heating pad is a no-no and will permanently damage his feet/toes. Ok scratch the heating pad.
He will die in a few days without the constant proper temperature of heat lamp, approx 100 degrees in a corner of a safe box, feed and water, and grit. Check on all but the grit. I didn't use it for the tiels, so I have none on hand.I found the thermometer. Also a companion or at least a feather duster or he will peep constantly and exhaust himself. If his Mom won't take him back I'll go buy a feather duster. Would a stuffed toy work for now, til we figure out how to close them off?
Check backyardchickens forum (headed there after we do the things listed above)for loads of great advice, Good luck with him/her Thanks. I hope he/she makes it.
OMG I just realized I am one of those ignorant BYB, of chickens.
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Ok, haven’t full read all the replies, so sorry for any duplication…
Get a box and line it with first with newspaper, then cover the newspaper with paper towels, other wise chick will slide on newspaper and get spaddle leg. Once it is older you will replace paper with shavings, but not yet. It has to learn what food looks like first.

Water in a bottle/jar cap is fine for now.

Heat is the most important thing. A 60 watt bulb (old fashioned, not spiral) will throw enough heat, but place the heat over only one end of the box. That way chick can move in and out of heated area as needed.
The temp for normal chicks is 95. Since this is a game bird mix, you could do 100. Every week you can reduce the temp by 5 degrees as the feathers start to grow.

Feed, chicken chicks usually need a 20 to 24% starter chick feed.
20% is the protein level. Regular 16% layer formula isn‘t the best as the calcium levels are too high and the protein levels are too low. You could get a 24% small 5lb bag of starter from the farm supply place until you figure out what to do with the chick.

Clean the paper towels out and replace daily so the chick doesn’t ingest too much poop and get coccidian. Ingesting a little poop in the food is normal, but too much and it will get sick and die.

After chick is about 1 or 2 weeks old you can replace the paper towels with a thin layer of shavings and clean less often.
Any household thermometer will do to check the temp.

No heating pad! They need heat from the top and they need to be able to move in and out of the heated areas, plus it is bad for the feet as mentioned before.
I’ll go dig up some helpful links…brb….
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These should help, but I agree with SilverPony about trying to move the nest and get mum to take the chick back. However, some mums will not let you move the nest and you will be taking your own life into your hands if you try...
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The My Pet Chicken Guide to Chicken Care, Chapter 4: Caring for baby chicks

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These should help, but I agree with SilverPony about trying to move the nest and get mum to take the chick back. However, some mums will not let you move the nest and you will be taking your own life into your hands if you try...
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The My Pet Chicken Guide to Chicken Care, Chapter 4: Caring for baby chicks

http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/B...ingChicks.html
I joined the back yard chickens forum, posted and listed what I have done.
And yes MOM is PO'ed BIG TIME! She isn't letting DH or DS touch her nest.
She is still upset I took her chick! I feel horrible. Can I try replacing the chik tonight when she is sleeping? I am not handling it at all now and will only pick it up with gloves on to replace it tonight. I don't want it to die if she rejects it. It's chilly here.

I've raised a lot of babies. Everything from cats to iguanas and loads of animals in between. But never a chick. I hate losing babies. And don't want to kill this one because I got out smarted by a hen.

Thank YOU ALL very much for the links and answers. I'm educating myself with a crash course in chicken raising but I appreciate all the help I can get.

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All is well. I went for a feather duster and feed, DH and DS put Chick back in the nest, once it was on the ground, with Mom and they are now happily cuddled with the other 2 eggs. YAY! According to DH the eggs were very carefully moved to avoid tilting or turning them. So let's see what happens in another day or 2.

I am so glad she took the chick back!!!

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Yep they should all be fine so long as they are warm and have their food and water :)

Apologies for not linking any sources :/ it was 3am and I was a little loopy.

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Apologies for not linking any sources :/ it was 3am and I was a little loopy.
Uhhg girlfriend! You are just sitting over in NZ paradise with nothing better going on than painting your nails... how could you drop the ball here?!?
Psshh, 3:00am... that is what caffein is for silly. *wink*
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We used an infra red lamp. Supposed to be better than regular bulbs if you read about it. Also, they make a chick feed for babies. You have to dip their head in the water to get them to know where it is at first. There is a TON of information on the net so just do a google. That's how I learned. We kept our 3 in a card board box with chicken wire over the top and cut out windows for them to look out of (and our 2 cats and 2 dogs to look in). The windows had chicken wire as well. They grow fast so we used a 2' x 4' box for their run. Turned out all three of ours were non bearded white bantams. The windows were great for the pets to all meet each other. All the animals, cats too, wander the yard in harmony!! We didn't have a mama so we had to do it on our own. Here are two of them all grown up in their coop. The other 1 is broody and doesn't like to leave the nest until I snatch her the eggs. See the outside box? That lid lifts up so we don't have to step on chicken poop to collect the eggs. My fiance' built it and as you can see I still have a little left on the staining. During the winter, we turn the infrared on in there to keep it warm and keep their water from freezing.

All useless information if you have a mama hen!
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Uhhg girlfriend! You are just sitting over in NZ paradise with nothing better going on than painting your nails... how could you drop the ball here?!?
Psshh, 3:00am... that is what caffein is for silly. *wink*
LOL oh you caught me I was busy getting my daily massage from a topless NZ hottie in a loin cloth.. my bad Rascaholic

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