Well, today we cleaned out the brooders and moved the chicks around (I bleached the crap out of everything). Everything was going well as the chicks were outside running around and being chicks - not even a single sneeze in the group! Until I kept hearing one of the chicks screaming. They were pecking it's vent! OMG, I thought we were over this. So, I pulled it out and sprayed it's behind and opted to do everyone elses too. As I was going through, a couple chicks looked like they got pecked once and ripped the outside enough to have a little notch in their cloaca. The last one I caught getting pecked, it's cloaca is much bigger and it's almost like it has no control over it's urates now. I pulled 4 chicks total with more than minimal and unnoticeable cloaca damage. The symptoms do not fit Infectious Brusal, btw. I have checked numerous times.
Do I truly have a cannibal? I moved everyone to the 6x4 brooder, so they have 24sqft, opposed to the previous 2x8 16sqft. Maybe that will help deter the vent pecking.
I am hoping tomorrow to clean the rest of my coops and pens out, move all the adults around again and put the older babies in the 10x10 coop and use that as my grow out pen. That will open the pool table up for more babies later on. Like the ducklings I hatch from the 30 some duck eggs I have in the incubator.
I forgot to mention that Ginbart may be back on here! She bought my Delawares at the auction yesterday!
Cant you get those little glasses for them to put in their beaks so they stop pecking.. My younger baby pheasant died... like ***.