3 week old chick's picking at sibling till bloody

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Foxeh, Dec 1, 2016.

  1. Foxeh

    Foxeh Just Hatched

    Nov 3, 2016
    South Australia
    I have 6 three weeks old chicks and they have started to pick on one of the siblings, they all came from the same place and have been together since the beginning, ive separateed this one from the others and I just don't know what to do.



    Last edited: Dec 1, 2016
  2. Folly's place

    Folly's place True BYC Addict

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    Welcome! I would spray something like bluekote on the wounds, so they aren't red. Then, how much space do they have? Diet? Heat lamp red or white light, or heating pad? Usually there's some problem with space, light, feed, or boredom. Mary
  3. azygous

    azygous Flock Master

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    At three weeks, chicks are getting extremely active, and they require a lot of space. When this need isn't met, chicks will turn on one another, and the result isn't pretty.

    Your chicks are probably old enough to begin spending some time outside on nice days. That will help them dissipate a lot of excess energy. It will also begin to acclimate them to cooler temperatures, and you can then think about moving them into the coop (you do have a coop don't you?) in another week or so.

    If you continue to have one chick bullying the others, you might want to read the article I wrote for BYC on how to stop aggressive chick behavior. It's linked below under "articles by azygous".
  4. Foxeh

    Foxeh Just Hatched

    Nov 3, 2016
    South Australia
    i think the issue was lack of space, I've moved the 5 out into a rabbit hutch thing inside the coop with our duck, and have this injured one inside and s/he is getting lots of cuddles, luckily its summer so I don't need to heat them at the moment.

    Do you have any suggestions for like toys or something i can do to help them get out extra energy?
  5. Phaedre

    Phaedre Just Hatched

    Nov 20, 2016
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    its sad that it looks hurt, but its still cute!!

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