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Bloody chickens!! HELP!!!

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I left my chickens in their coop today as it was raining. They are about 5 weeks old. I have a mix of cornish cross with rainbows and australorps. It cleared up in the afternoon so I went to let them out and was horrified to find almost every cornish cross was running around bloody while the other breeds were fine. They had been pecking at the cornish cross all day!!! I don't know how to fix this! HELP!!

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You may have to separate the Cornish X from the rest of your chickens.  Due to their placid nature and frequently visible pin/blood feathers they are sometimes pecked at in mixed flocks.

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post #3 of 6

Definitely separate your CX's from your other chicks. This happened to us as well (we knew no better).

I'd recommend bringing them in the house and giving them a warm bath in the kitchen sink.

After the area has been cleaned and dried, spray their little butts with Vetericin-- it's safe for use on all animal species and it will help in the prevention of infection. I wish you the best with this, good luck!

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Thank you for the help! I'll try that. So far nothing else is working!

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Thank you for the help! I'll try that. So far nothing else is working!

 

You are welcome and I was wondering how your CX's are faring now?

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Some were able to get past the injuries but a handful have died. All my fault. I made two HUGE mistakes (left a bright light on most of the day it all started and wasn't feeding them a diet near high enough in protein) that caused them to react and start pecking so severely. I have the flock straightened out now and pecking has stopped. The cornish x's are missing a LOT  of their feathers but wounds seem to be healing. I rubbed them down with a healing coconut salve so fingers crossed no more die. Butcher date is next week. It's too close to lose them now!

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