Sara @ farmingfriends
Can anyone give advice about keeping a lonely chick company as Giverny, one of the farmingfriends readers has a lonely chick. Here is Giverny's comment:
We were recently given a clutch of eggs of which only 1 hatched.
This chick is now just over week old and as we dont have any other chickens it seems to get very lonely and demands our attention a lot of the time.
Has anyone else had this problem?
We are looking at getting it a friend and we’re adopting some battery chickens but this wont happen until early next year.
Is there anything we can do in the meantime to stop it getting lonely when we’re not there?
Any advice welcome!
Hope someone can give advice, this was my advice:
Thanks for visiting farmingfriends and leaving your comment. I am sorry to hear that you only got one chick.
I googled lonely chick and found that someone had raised one hatchling and got the chick to snuggle up with a little teddy or you could try a piece of blanket to keep warm and content. They also suggested trying a few toys - such as toilet roll tubes or a tray of turf for pecking.
I personally noticed when I hatch off guinea fowl chicks and have the brooder in the kitchen for a while that the chicks become more stimulated when the TV is on and maybe having a radio playing or TV on may stop the chick feeling lonely or on theother hand you could keep the chick in subdued lighting and in a quiet place whilst you are not around so that the chick is not too stimulated and will try to sleep in the brooder until you have time to give the chick attention.
Let me know how your chick gets on. Good luck. Kind regards
Sara @ farmingfriends
Hiya, not sure about chickens, but they are baby birds all the same. When I first hatched Monty the duck, he was the only one out of two, and i gave him a tiny furry animal in the big box, he snuggled up to it all the time 24 hours per day!!! it was a duck shaped furry animal, I might add!! I think any animal would be contented with something to snuggle up to. Small children have snuggle blankets, and yet they don't resemble humans??? (well, not the ones I know anyway) hope it helps a bit