Bare belly 1 week old

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by DucheneEGG, Aug 11, 2013.

  1. DucheneEGG

    DucheneEGG Out Of The Brooder

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    My chicks are one week old now and some of them are pecking there own feathers out on there belly leaving there belly bare. I have watched them do it to them selfs. They r in a 50 gallon tote for there brooder. So they have a lot of room. I change out the pine shavings out every 3 to 4 days. Why are they pecking there bellies? What can I do to stop them? Is it normal for them to do this? Or am I just freaking out because I care to much about them? Lol this is my first time raising chicks of any animal besides a dog.
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I would run to the feed store and get some Rooster Booster pick no more lotion (this will be messy) and put some on their bellies- it tastes bad to them.

    If you want it to work the next day you have to reapply it. This should break them of this- you don't want it to become a habit.

    Also you can switch to a red light if you haven't already...supposed to reduce picking.
     
  3. DucheneEGG

    DucheneEGG Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for getting back to me, I got the lotion the day I posted for help and I have had only a red light since I started brooding them, Should I go to a Yellow Light?
     
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I have never heard of anyone using a yellow light before so I would not use it.
     
  5. DucheneEGG

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    Thanks
     

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