1 month old chick missing feathers & slight swelling on back of neck

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jensing528, Apr 8, 2009.

  1. jensing528

    jensing528 New Egg

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    I have a pullet who is about 1 month old and I just noticed this morning the back of her neck just below her skull is bare and has a some swelling. It is not hot to the touch and fairly soft. Other than that she seems healthy running around & eating. Ther is a dark spot that looks like blood. I don't know if this is from the others pecking her. I have not seen any of them doing this. Could it be a spider bite?
     
  2. peaceful

    peaceful Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have roosters with her? Could it be from one trying to mate with her and pulling out the feathers on the back of her neck?
    Then once there is a spot or injury others will often peck at it.
    Don't know much about spider bites on chickens but would that explain why the area is bare?
     
  3. aberfitch

    aberfitch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if it looks like blood or a spot remove it and isolate it until that spot heals. The others will pick it to death if left alone. Just a precaution. I have seen it happen too many times.
     

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