1 month old chicks losing feathers already

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by ZeldaZimm, Dec 26, 2016.

  1. ZeldaZimm

    ZeldaZimm New Egg

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    Have about 200 1 month old chicks that are losing their feathers on their backs. What could be the matter? I wish I could attach a picture to show you.
     
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  2. RodNTN

    RodNTN Following Jesus

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    [​IMG] I am glad you joined us! But I am very sorry about your chicks! It might be picking, if they are too crammed they can get agitated and start picking at each other. And if they aren't given more room in their brooder, it might turn nasty.
    Do they have enough room? And are there enough waterers and feeders for them? If not, I would give some more room, increase their feeding and watering stations, and see if it helps. I hope you enjoy BYC! Best wishes! [​IMG]
     
  3. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    At 4 weeks old, that kind of feather loss is usually caused by feather picking, induced by overcrowded conditions. At their age, they need about 2 sq ft of brooder space per chick. Chicks double in size each week, and their space needs double with them till about 6 weeks of age, when the growth rate begins to slow.
     
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas and [​IMG]! Great to have you aboard! I agree with the responses above - sounds like overcrowding. Hope you get it sorted out. Best wishes and thanks for joining BYC!
     
  5. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under ZeldaZimm [​IMG] Welcome!

    At the risk of sounding like an echo, I agree that space may be the cause. Good luck with your little ones.

    I hope you enjoy BYC. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    when they are overcrowded they resort to some nasty behavior, feather plucking, bullying others away from feed and water, and at extremes they will gang up and peck one to death.

    They also can turn cannibalistic
     
  7. N F C

    N F C just blowing in the wind Premium Member Project Manager

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