Cannible chicks HELP QUICK.. they are being eaten alive

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by gchick, Apr 27, 2009.

  1. gchick

    gchick Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a small group of chick that arrived March 25. The started out with a little pecking and it has progressed into full blown cannibalism. Nothing let but wings and feet.

    I am desperate. The hatchery told me that I should kill them that it won't stop.

    I just hate to do that.. I don't know if I can actually.

    I have seperated them in to group and removed the ones with any pecking and but them in "the hospital" Bloody little chick aweful..but they quit pecking/killing

    The others started out with no wounds and then it started... vent pecking and within a few days... all out cannibalism.

    They have starter/grower
    hay to play with... plenty of space, water and grit.

    What is in antipeck.. i can't find it locally..

    Someone suggested hot sauce and an old farmer told me to rub red tractor grease on them .

    They are sex link, buff orpington, salmon flav, barred rocks

    I have never seen or heard of this...

    I have observed them and don't even see them pecking at each other
     
  2. ThreeBoysChicks

    ThreeBoysChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2007
    Thurmont, MD
    I have never had this problem. Do they have plenty of space? I have read on other posts that once it starts, it is very hard to get stopped. Lots of space and things to hid under, behind, etc.
     
  3. gchick

    gchick Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes... I think they have plenty of space and 12X12 and 25 or so chicks left

    What in Anti peck?
     
  4. chicksgalore

    chicksgalore Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been told to use pine tar. Also, for chicks, I used vaseline once and that seemed to stop them but they hadn't gotten as far as what it sounds like yours have.
     
  5. gchick

    gchick Out Of The Brooder

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    I have had chicks for year and I can't tell you how much I LUV them. I have raised lots of them with little loss. I need help in trying something... i can't think of killing these normal healthy looking chicks that are go syco and become killers
     
  6. Birdgirl

    Birdgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2009
    Indiana
    So where do you put this stuff, on their beaks? or on the other chicks? so they dont peck them to death?
     
  7. gchick

    gchick Out Of The Brooder

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    They are telling me me that they will continue and that if I let them with grown chick they will find the week one.. lower on the pecking order and start killing.
     
  8. Birdgirl

    Birdgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2009
    Indiana
    They are all the same age right?
     
  9. zatsdeb

    zatsdeb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 2, 2007
    Lincoln, Illinois
    chickens will peck and devour anything they can. usually something dead or with blood on it. some people put red lights in the brooders to help with this. my papers that came with my first chicks years ago, said to throw fresh picked grass in with the chicks if they start picking. usually starts with boredom, or one that is sick or bleeding or poopy butt and they start picking at the dried poopy and pull out feathers starting the blood.
    I would try the red light, and keep them separated until there is no blood.
    and the grass does help.
    something about the fresh greens.
    in the winter time I buy lettuce shreds and throw that in at room temp.
     
  10. gchick

    gchick Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes
     

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