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Bloody chickens!! HELP!!!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by meleewarrior5, May 9, 2016.

  1. meleewarrior5

    meleewarrior5 Out Of The Brooder

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    I left my chickens in their coop today as it was raining. They are about 5 weeks old. I have a mix of cornish cross with rainbows and australorps. It cleared up in the afternoon so I went to let them out and was horrified to find almost every cornish cross was running around bloody while the other breeds were fine. They had been pecking at the cornish cross all day!!! I don't know how to fix this! HELP!!
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    You may have to separate the Cornish X from the rest of your chickens. Due to their placid nature and frequently visible pin/blood feathers they are sometimes pecked at in mixed flocks.
     
  3. CluckerCottage

    CluckerCottage Chillin' With My Peeps

    Definitely separate your CX's from your other chicks. This happened to us as well (we knew no better).
    I'd recommend bringing them in the house and giving them a warm bath in the kitchen sink.
    After the area has been cleaned and dried, spray their little butts with Vetericin-- it's safe for use on all animal species and it will help in the prevention of infection. I wish you the best with this, good luck!
     
  4. meleewarrior5

    meleewarrior5 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for the help! I'll try that. So far nothing else is working!
     
  5. CluckerCottage

    CluckerCottage Chillin' With My Peeps

     
  6. meleewarrior5

    meleewarrior5 Out Of The Brooder

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    Some were able to get past the injuries but a handful have died. All my fault. I made two HUGE mistakes (left a bright light on most of the day it all started and wasn't feeding them a diet near high enough in protein) that caused them to react and start pecking so severely. I have the flock straightened out now and pecking has stopped. The cornish x's are missing a LOT of their feathers but wounds seem to be healing. I rubbed them down with a healing coconut salve so fingers crossed no more die. Butcher date is next week. It's too close to lose them now!
     

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