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4 day old Serama chick pulling wing

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Scovy Momma, Oct 1, 2015.

  1. Scovy Momma

    Scovy Momma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 21, 2012
    Sacramento CA
    My 4 day old chick just started pulling his wing (like he would be preening) & crying. I don't know what it is, does anyone else have an idea or ever seen this before? He is a singleton I hatched out of 10. Everything else has seemed very normal with eating & drinking. Food was able to distract him. I felt both wings to see if the one seemed to hurt but no response. I filmed a little of this behavior that just started about two hours ago.

    Thank you.
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2015
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    If he's the only one to hatch, then it can't be mites or lice etc. Maybe its boredom? I know that some dogs can self harm through boredom and stress - maybe chickens do also.

    Why not try taking it outside in a small coop for a while and see if new surroundings will discourage his behaviour?

    Good luck
  3. microchick

    microchick Overrun With Chickens

    I had a two day old Welsummer cockerel chick do that. He had one emerging pin feather that he would grab hold of and pull until he spun himself around. He would cry as if in distress or mad while he did it and he did it until the pin feather was bloody. I finally coated the little wing with a mixture of triple antibiotic ointment and vasoline which stopped it in it's tracks.

    He wasn't a lone chick, he had 11 other chicks with him so it wasn't boredom. I think the pin feather just bothered him. After that, the big problem was washing the goop out of his wing. Took forever.
  4. Scovy Momma

    Scovy Momma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 21, 2012
    Sacramento CA

    I tried what you did & it seems to work! He does not like the taste. I only have All Purpose Pet Balm on hand but if need be I can go get Vaseline. I'm off work today so I can keep an eye on him. He started in on the other wing sometime after I went to sleep.
    Thank you so much for the suggestion!
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