2 1/2 week old chicks picking feathers?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by hollyk, Dec 27, 2008.

  1. hollyk

    hollyk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 23 EE's that are 2 1/2 weeks old. 3 of them have some bald spots on their back just above the budding tail. Is this the result of someone picking the feathers (or should I say fluff) or is it just a normal part of growing the feathers in? There is no red skin or open wounds, the others just grew feathers in and I never saw a bald spot. They are eating chick starter and I never let the feeders go empty, there is lots of room in the brooder box, and I have added leaves and such to keep them busy. Any thoughts on this subject would be a lot of help.
    Thanks:D
     
  2. chookchick

    chookchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could those be cockerels? They are not as well-feathered at that age sometimes. Should fill in over time.
     
  3. cdeans

    cdeans Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They might be too hot. We had some chicks that would get to hot and pick out the feathers to cool off.
     
  4. hollyk

    hollyk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:It is possible they could be cockerels. I ordered just pullets but I know to expect a roo or two. How else can I tell if they are pullets or not?
     
  5. hollyk

    hollyk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I know they are not too hot. I have been checking the temp and if anything they are on the cool side. However, they are not showing signs of being too cold. I am wondering if the constant light has them too excited. I am going to change to a red light and see if it nips the picking feathers in the bud.
    thanks:)
     
  6. UrbanMama

    UrbanMama Gone Country....

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    Around that age, they'll start pulling their own fluff out too. They usually don't want to be held too much either...almost like it's too uncomfortable/painful with the quills coming in. If they have plenty of room (not overcrowded) and the areas that are bald aren't red and irritated...they're probably okay. [​IMG]
     
  7. chookchick

    chookchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From my experience the cockerels will be starting to "chest bump" or play-fighting. They also seem a little "braver", the first to come out when you have a treat. You could also try the hat trick--wave a hat low over them, the cockerels should stand up taller and the hens should squat down (never tried that one).
     

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