We had one chicken left after a visit from a fox, she was sat on two eggs, one egg got broken a week ago. The other egg hatched yesterday and poor mum died today. Has anyone nearby got a mummy chicken with baby chicks to adopt this poor lonely chick. We live near Brettes, Villefagnan. Please email if you can help. Rita
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I'm afraid it doesn't work like that. Another hen won't adopt a strange chick, she will most likely kill it. The chick will cope fine on its own. Keep it warm for a while and feed it chick crumb or mashed hard boiled egg. Make sure it doesn't drown in its drinking water by adding pebbles. You'll soon have a replacement hen (or rooster!). Enjoy!
When I hatched chicks out last year, I put a mop head in with them, (the stringy kind), the chicks loved it, they used it as a surrogate mum, settling down underneath it.
I fed them mashed boiled egg for the first couple of days, and then started adding chick crumb, gradually lessening the amount of egg, until it was totally crumb.
If your worried about the chick getting cold, put a warm hot water bottle in with it, or put it under a heat lamp, with enough room for it to move around and get away from the heat.
Thank you for the advice we have put a teddy in on all fours and the chick keeps going underneath it, its tweeting all the time is that normal? we have bought some chick crumbs but am doing an egg now. The other thing is its got lots of tiny mite like things any idea what we can treat it with. If we pick it up we are crawling in them. Rita
It is fairly easy to get a hen who already has chicks to adopt more chicks.
We had one last year who had clutched and produced her own brood of about eight and six or eight from incubation. She was in a small pen 1x2 metres.
Introduce the new chicks when the hen is not looking and ideally busy with something else. Once they are amongst the existing chicks she will almost always look after them.
I disagree, there is a very big risk that the hen will kill the chick, as it is only the one.
Don't worry about the constant cheeping, it is perfectly normal. As for the mites, I don't have any experience with that side of things, (luckily), maybe try posting on http://poultrykeeperforum.com/