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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by brownfarms, Jun 29, 2008.

  1. brownfarms

    brownfarms Songster

    Jun 24, 2008
    San Diego Area, CA
    Is this normal looking?? I didn't put in the emergency section since it isn't but one of my 1.5 week chicks doesn't have much down on her back. I don't think it is from plucking but can't be 100% sure. It might get better now that their digs are bigger.
  2. mmajw

    mmajw Songster

    Jan 31, 2008
    Are others pecking at her feathers?
  3. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    That's usually a sign of not enough space in the brooder. They get bored and overcrowded and pick at new feather growth. It can also be from a slow feathering gene. Glad to hear you increased the space..if you don't see improvement or no one else is affected, then consider the gene as a possible issue.

    eta - red light can help reduce the picking as well.

    Last edited: Jun 29, 2008
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    Probably picking, however, my poor Suede looked like that while in the brooder. He was just VERY slow to feather in. Now, he's my avatar, but he was completely bald on his back and sides for awhile.
  5. brownfarms

    brownfarms Songster

    Jun 24, 2008
    San Diego Area, CA
    Thanks all. I'm in the right direction then! Bigger digs, red light, etc. I'll watch her. I haven't seen any other chicks pecking her. She's quite fiesty.

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