8 week chicks plucking themselves .. HELP

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by k7ailaan, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. k7ailaan

    k7ailaan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my chicks are almost 8 weeks now .. and noticed they are plucking themselves and losing feathers around the chest and bottom

    some of them are fine .. and some have really lost too much .. i was watching them to see if they fight or peck at one another
    but that was not the case .. they just peck their own feathers

    any idea on what is going on ?

    i free feed them starter along with some green treats

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  2. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    What is the percentage of protein the the feed you are using. Feeding eating sometimes is an indicator of a need for protein. Chicks at that age I still have on chick starter/grower 22% protein.
     
  3. SouthernChick

    SouthernChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you putting BluKote on the chicks that are getting plucked? You should as this will prevent them from plucking on that chick anymore. Also get a red light which will also stop them from plucking. Keep them on Chick Starter and give them treats to keep them from pecking each other. Good Luck
     
  4. Keg

    Keg Out Of The Brooder

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    Agreed, make sure they're on a high protein food, and give them treats as distraction. A quarter of a cabbage hung with wire can entertain for hours :)
     
  5. k7ailaan

    k7ailaan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:yea I still have them on 20% starters feed .. could be due to the heat ? its in the 100s most days

    I also noticed that they don't eat until late in the afternoon .. i fill early in the morning and by the afternoon only 10% is gone
    by the evening the other 90% is finished.. I'm thinking it might be the heat, coz the water is refilled twice or more a day
     
  6. k7ailaan

    k7ailaan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Actually they are not plucking each other .. every one is plucking themselves

    what would a red light do ?? haven't heard of it before
     
  7. k7ailaan

    k7ailaan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I'll try that, Keg

    I'll keep you guys updated
     
  8. pwand

    pwand Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 8 week old chicks are losing their feathers as well. I have mine on 22% starter. I thought this was normal for them at this time in getting new feathers. I looked and I see new feathers coming in.
     
  9. MomtoSyd&Emma

    MomtoSyd&Emma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    are they over crowded by chance?
     
  10. pwand

    pwand Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, they have lots of room. I have been gradually switching them from medicated to non-medicated, and its a different brand of food. One is more so than the rest. She keep prening her feathers. I looked her over and I see lots of new feathers coming in. More on her back. I don't see any of the others picking at her. I assume this was a normal stange.
     

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