Chick is CONSTANTLY pulling on her/his wing. What do I do?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by The Mother Hen, Aug 16, 2013.

  1. The Mother Hen

    The Mother Hen Chirping

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    I had to place all of my chicks in a box because they keep falling out of the nesting boxes outside. Right now (as I type) there is a chick pulling on its wing... like tugging on it. Could it just be a sign of being crowded or do I need to worry about something else? She/he is getting it's pinfeathers in, so could that be the problem as well? I don't think her/his wing is broken.
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member 7 Years

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    It sounds like it's preening? My chicks were constantly messing with their pin feathers as they grew out also. I wouldn't worry unless it draws blood.
     
  3. The Mother Hen

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    Well she would walk around with her wing and fall over, and at first it was funny but then I got concerned. Now she isn't doing it anymore so I guess she was just preening. It was odd though because all of the other chicks stood in place to preen. Thanks for the tip though!
     
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