Well I wasn't expecting this...
My friend conned me into visiting the feed store and they had Guineas (which is insane because around here Guineas sell out weeks before they arrive) so we bought all of them. 3 for me and 4 for her and then I saw this poor chickie smooshed into their brooder. It was at least 4-6 weeks old and so big it couldn't stand up straight or really move around in the tray brooder. It was missing several feathers and the other chicks were attacking it.
So being the sucker I am, I bought the chick since I have 3 chicks in my baby coop right now the same size. I snuck her in at night and she was fine for 2 days/nights and then yesterday morning the girls came in crying with her, she's missing a silver dollar sized patch of skin and probably 10% of her feathers. Poor thing was so exhausted that I wrapped her in a towel and she took a several hour nap snuggled up to me.
She's healing just fine BUT she is now a people chicken! Escapes from any pen I have stuck her in and then runs around until she finds me or the girls and cries to be picked up. Lil kiddo woke up multiple times last night because a crying chicken was standing by her bed wanting to be picked up.
I don't know what to do with her now.... she's too small to go in with my big chickens, too big to go in with my baby guineas and the chickens her size obviously want her dead. Poor girl...
Awww...poor thing. I will be interested to hear the updates on her and what you decide about finding her a flock that will take her in.
I got 2 golden comet chicks on Friday. They came just 5 days after the Wyandottes I got the previous week, so I didn't think it would be a big deal to put them together. Well, the comets are soooo tiny, probably just a couple of days old, while the Wyandottes must have been on the older side when they came in to the feed store, probably 10-12 days. It's amazing how much a few days difference is at this age.
The Wyandottes didn't give the comets any problems, they've taken them in, but the comets just look so small next to them, and really have to muscle their way in to the food and water. I'm somewhat concerned about one of the comets, as she seems to be spending a lot of time off on her own. I think it's because she's so small, she really needs the heat lamp, while the others have started moving away from it. It was also cute/heartbreaking to watch her with the bigger chicks, she definitely thought they were mama and kept trying to nestle in under their legs and take a nap- which thoroughly confused them.
No one is pecking/attacking, but I'm just worried the poor little thing has had to fight so hard for food, water, and warmth, she's exhausted. I don't want to take her out and keep her on her own, as I think that will cause more problems down the line, but I'm really pulling hard for her to make it through the next few days and be big enough that things are easier for her.