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2 days old and pecking eyes

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by epona4, Apr 1, 2009.

  1. epona4

    epona4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I picked up some chicks from the feed store today. 3 BR, 3red sex link and 4 buffs.

    There are a couple that keep pecking at the others' eyes. We have a red bulb on them. Should I change it to white? Should I separate them?

    Thanks,
    Beth
     
  2. azelgin

    azelgin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've noticed most all the chicks we have had do that. They peck at anything out of the ordinary that they think might be food, including other chicks. I wouldn't worry about it, unless they draw blood. We haven't lost any eyes in the last 100 or so chicks.
     
  3. the_great_snag

    the_great_snag Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The red bulbs are a great idea. Might not hurt to toss a few marbles or other safe shiny things in the brooder too so they have other "toys" to peck at.

    It's probably just baby curiosity...
     
  4. epona4

    epona4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! I just wanted to make sure that it wasn't abnormal.

    beth
     

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