A baby crane is called a chick. A chick grows about 1 inch per day and reaches 5 feet in height by the age of 3 months. While it is growing, a chick may gain 1 pound for each pound of food it eats.
Parents feed a chick until it is about 3 months old. A crane chick is very independent, curious and eager to forage for its own high-protein foods, such as insects. As it grows, it hunts larger animals and eats roots and tubers. A baby crane stays with its parents through migration and winter, but in the spring, it leaves to establish its own breeding territory.