Baby chicks Pecking at vent causing bleeding

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by kkatnhat, May 12, 2010.

  1. kkatnhat

    kkatnhat New Egg

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    Hi everyone!

    I'm new to this group so I would like to first intro myself. I live in MT and have one week old chicks.

    I've raised chicks before but have never seen this before. They are pecking at each others vents and tail area causing bleeding, which of course causes them to peck more. I've separated the chicks with the bloody tails (13), cleaned them up with fresh water and dabbed on some neosporin to promote healing. This is so disturbing as it seems I would have to keep all 24 chicks in separate brooders to stop this however who can do that??

    Any help and advise would be greatly appreciated.

    thank you!
     
  2. Camelot Farms

    Camelot Farms Chickenista

    I have used a bandaid before to keep them from picking. They still pick at the bandaid but its better than the vent.

    Or if the bandaid wont stay, try just a piece of 1st aid tape and dont push it on too tight.
     
  3. paddock36

    paddock36 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have only had this happen one time and I put blue kote on the injured chick and put it back with the others. No problem after that.
     
  4. Camelot Farms

    Camelot Farms Chickenista

    Oh and what about changing to a red light in the brooder. Thats may help too.
     
  5. kkatnhat

    kkatnhat New Egg

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    Hi again!

    Thanks for all of the responses! First, what is blue kote? And where can I find it? also, the bandaid idea is interesting but if I cover up the vent, then how can they excrement? It seems that their vent is very raw from the pecking and would have to be covered? I can see how this would for the tail.

    Thanks again, you are all so great to respond so quickly...
     

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