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Farmette 1769

by Monica Melograna-Ward

So, Chance the chick lives – Amazing. I am glad that I had the focus to give this one little chick some extra TLC. Life does not always allow me to coddle a chick to this degree, but I try to do as much as humanly possible if i cannot.

Despite one’s best efforts, it is not often that these types of chick problems turn out well. It is always worth a try. Just keep in mind that if you do not succeed in keeping a chick going, nature has just had to take its own course and new life will keep coming.

You do never know. Chicks are babies. They have fragile little lives. Baby chicks can weather quite a lot, but one little thing can throw them off so much that you lose them. Their digestive system has to develop more and their feathers need to come in. They also need more weight to help regulate their body temperature. The way they run around peeping, you’d think that nothing could slow them down.

But that behavior is to get the attention of the mother hen. If a hen sits and hatches her own chicks, she will keep them warm and safe underneath her. It is fun to watch the way the group moves in unison, Mom doing a kind of half squat walk leaving little room beneath her. A young chick’s biggest enemy is temperature change.

Chick starter food and water are also essentials. I use pine shavings for bedding in some type of tub or bin and a reflector lamp with a 60 watt bulb. This set-up replaces the hen.

If I get a broody hen (one that likes to stay nesting on her eggs) this Spring, I may separate her so she can raise some of her own chicks, mainly because it is just too cute to watch…

But, here is what you’ve all been waiting for. Chance the chick chillin’ with his peeps. And drinking water all by himself!

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