4 Week Old Chicks with Pecked, Bloody Bottoms

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by angelbabyamy, Apr 2, 2012.

  1. angelbabyamy

    angelbabyamy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've read about this happening, but have never expereinced this before. I'm not a newbie, I have had chickens and raised chicks for the past 4 years,
    I have six 4 week old chicks in a rubber tote.( they don't seem to be crowded.) There are 2 Welsumners and 4 Barnevelders. The last of the 30 chicks I've had this year. They are the same age.

    Thank goodness my granddaughter wanted to hold a chick when they were here today or I would have not caught it in time.

    3 of my Barnevelders have pecked,bloody rears below their vent. One is very bad, there is a pretty good sized hole where the skin is missing. I couldn't find my blu-kote( we moved 4 months ago and it is probably packed somewhere) and the feed store here is closed on Sunday. I separated the Barnvelders from the Welsumners. I think they are the problem, they are bigger and so much more flighty than the Barnies, The Barnevelders are so calm and quiet. I really like them and am worried about them. I took blue food coloring and betadine and coated their rear ends. Then I covered the wounds with antibacterial ointment. That was the best thing I could come up with. My husband thinks I should bandage them, but I worry they will peck at it.

    I took their heat lamp away yesterday (red). The house has been warm and they are fully feathered.They are in my dining room under some large windows. Do you think the light is the problem? I put the heat lamp back on the Barnevelders after I treated them. They don't seem to be bothering each other and are running around eating.

    Any suggestions for treatment or what caused this or how I should treat it? I have to work tomorrow and will be gone from 7-6. If they start picking at each other, I won't be here. I don't know where I would put them if I separate them all.
     
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Sounds like you've done a great job so far! I would continue to keep them separated for the time being. I'm surprised they did it under a red light because those usually help prevent this situation. I would continue what you doing. Also I agree with you on not bandaging. Is there anything you could use to maybe divide the brooder in half?
     
  3. angelbabyamy

    angelbabyamy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I took the red light away yesterday, and they had sunlight shining in the tote. Would that cause the problem? I put the light back on the Barnevelders after I treated them..

    I have the Welsumners in their own tote. They aren't happy and keep peeping I think because the others are gone. Checked the Barnevelders this morning and they appear fine, drinking and eating. I haven't seen them picking at each other. They are such calm little chicks. Liking the Barnevelders soooo much more than the Welsumners, lol.

    Would taking the light away and having sunlight on them cause the picking? Are Welsumners a more aggressive breed? Do I have to watch them when they are older? I currently have Wyandottes, Marans, EE's, SS and BLue Andalusian hens and they never picked on each other when they were chicks or mature hens.

    Thanks!
     

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