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Hi. I just got a golden laced polish 3 day old chick. I had to separate it due to it pecking all the other babies eyes and feet. It has food, water, heat, a mirror, little rubber duckies and all it does is cry. If I try to hold it all it does is peck me too. If I try to reintroduce it, it goes straight for other chicks eyes. I don't know what else to do to try and quiet it. It constantly chirps. I even tried a blanket to make it dark and that didn't help. Any suggestions would greatly be appreciated.


Edited by kayla104 - 5/15/16 at 2:08pm
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LOL  ... :hide   sorry ...  I wouldn't know what to do!  Sounds like you've already done everything I can think of.  Subscribed.


Edited by limited25 - 5/14/16 at 3:50pm
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How separated? Can you divide the brooder so everybody can still see each other and be near each other?

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This phase usually is VERY short . When I first got my 10 chick's, (they are about 7 weeks old now) I had a eye pecker too. She would especially go for the lighter chick's eyes cause they stood out more. It was horrible to see her eye peck and hear the other chick's scream! I watched her carefully for a few days and the behavior just stopped. Thinking she realized the shiny eyes were not food. No injuries were sustained. Then a couple weeks later several started feet pecking. This scared me because some had a bit of blood. I kept peck no more lotion on hand and it worked wonderfully for the feet of the worst cases. That phase lasted a little longer then the eye pecking but soon stopped also when they realized feet are not food. I clean my brooder daily and their next phase was pecking me, I simply took my pointer finger and "pecked" them back. This phase was short lived as they didn't like being pecked back. Thing is they go through many phases. Some just stopping on its own, others need a bit of prompting. But I never separated any chick's. If I felt it was bad enough to separate like permanent damage would be done, then I would have separated them but most of the time the bad behavior cured up in a few days. Not sure how aggressive your chick is but you can discipline her with your finer "pecking" it is usually very effective. Also don't worry too much because these phases don't last too long. But you can be sure they go from one phase to another. It's all about growing and learning. I have a laced Wyandotte as well and their breed is usually pretty docile so it's not a bad natured breed it's mostly just a curious chick. Hope this helps and don't be afraid to "peck" her for bad behavior. It works well. Best wishes.
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I put in a separate brooder.

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It was damaging eyes is why I completely separated it. There was blood and and eye swelling. I also separated the injured into their own brooder. So now I have 3 brooders in the house. I try to put it back in with uninjured and it goes straight for the eyes. In a couple days they are going to broody mammas. I have 8 broody mommas lol. The 4 bantams were all in one nest box and breaking their eggs, so I gave them fake eggs. That is why I  ordered them chicks to have.  I have 2 broody bantams that have 5 chicks about 2 weeks old, do you think they would accept the mean one? That way it wouldn't be alone nor with the younger ones.


Edited by kayla104 - 5/15/16 at 12:52pm
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Why didn't you put them with the hens straight off? The younger they are, the more likely they will accept a hen as the heat source. 

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Why didn't you put them with the hens straight off? The younger they are, the more likely they will accept a hen as the heat source. 

It's snowing out and I was worried it would be too cold. Their heat source in the house are the heat plate ones they go under like a momma. I don't use heat lamps. It's a fluke thing. Temps are going back up tomorrow so they are too.


Edited by kayla104 - 5/15/16 at 12:57pm
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The hens will keep them plenty warm. And the longer you wait, the less likely they will take to the hens.

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