I have a flock of 3-week old chicks. 6 rir, 6 br, and 9 bo. On Friday, i discovered 3 bo's with pecked/bloody tails or necks. At the time, i knew that the problem was overcrowding because our expansion brooder did appear when planned. I fixed the overcrowding problem with a rubbermaid tub and a big cardboard box, and the pecking stopped. 24 hours after i sprayed the pecked girls with wound-kote, i put them back with the others and didn't have anymore problems. Yesterday, all 21 were moved to a GIANT new "transition brooder" we'll call it. They really have lots of room in there. They also have better light because it's outside. I just went out to check on them and found 5 bloody babies, all bo's again. It seems to me that the bo's are just more interesting because their little feathers aren't camouflaged with dark color like the br's and rir's. So i'm tossing around a couple of ideas: First, i'm tempted to separate the bo's altogether, but i realize that presents integration challenges in the future, so i don't want to go that route. My other thought......don't laugh...(o.k., you can laugh) is to start spraying their necks and tails with the blue wound-kote every couple of days to give them some artificial camouflage until they feather in, and their fuzzy feathers aren't so interesting to the other chicks. I would love some advice here. They should not be too hot; they're outside with lots of ventilation, and the high for today is 76. They should also not be crowded. That brooder is huge, something like 5.5 x 3.5 x 4, with roosts and air and everything. Please tell me what you think. Thanks, Beth edited to change subject so someone will respond to my thread.