Baby Chicks picking at one another's feathers

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by HappyChickadee, Mar 9, 2015.

  1. HappyChickadee

    HappyChickadee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have some 4 week old baby EE chicks and I noticed one that started picking at the fluffy feathers (not the ones coming in) and now it seems like they are all doing it. It looks neurotic. I don't know if they are bored or if it is an actual deficiency of some sort. I give them chicken starter (non-medicated now but I had started with medicated but I just don't like that brand of the medicated that I had them on) with the appropriate amount of protein. They have access to water. I thought about trying to put vinegar in the water but haven't done that yet. Their poo looks great. One of them gets a little aggressive with the others but not enough to hurt and she is in on the picking at feathers too.

    Any suggestions? It can't be totally normal because I never noticed this with any of my other baby chicks.
     
  2. HappyChickadee

    HappyChickadee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    could it be that they are too hot??
     

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