Chick Jail/Quarantine

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jenmckin, May 14, 2008.

  1. jenmckin

    jenmckin In the Brooder

    Apr 30, 2008
    NW Mississippi
    Everything has pretty much been going splendidly for the last 36 hours or so...yes we had that one casualty but everything since has been fairly calm.

    That is until several hours ago when I noticed chick after chick jumping out of the way or chirping out more loudly than the others.

    I have a toe pecker! I don't know what the little things problem is but he (I think it's a he anyway) is walking around with his head down and biting toes so hard that other chicks are trying to get away to the point of flapping their non existent wings and struggling to run.

    I separated him from the group but he ended up all wet in the water we tried to put in there for him. Needless to say...I guess there is a first time for everything, but carefully blow drying a chick was not on my expected agenda for the week [​IMG]

    After an hour of separation we threw some baby lettuce leaves in the brooder and watched them play Keep Away. I thought this might distract him. No such luck. He went straight back to toe biting. So after much contemplation on what in the world I was going to separate him with and still allow him access to food and water, I invented the Chick Jail. It is made from a bathroom basket that I've had since college. But it works [​IMG]


    He doesn't seem happy to say the least...he is chirping VERY loudly and believe it or isn't helping the toe pecking. The pictures I took are of him still pecking at any other chick that gets close. And God Forbid their TOES get on the plastic where the holes are. To pecking he goes if he can see the toes!


    What do you do with chicks like this???I am a first time chick mommy! I can't keep him quarantined somewhere different for months because he's mean! I don't have that much space (or patience quite frankly) and I have small children to think about too! Maybe he will behave?

    Here they seem to be doing the "Ha ha...we're going to dance on your jail until you stop pecking our toes..." dance.

  2. PulletSurprise

    PulletSurprise Songster

    May 9, 2008
    Salem OR
    OMG!!! [​IMG] That is too funny! [​IMG]
  3. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    Baby has a foot fetish.. [​IMG]

    Maybe someone in there will get his foot and he will stop it. Good luck with that one.
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    They usually get over the toe picking thing in a few days when they realize they can't eat them. Big brooder space generally prevents picking in the long run too.
  5. TerrasCritters

    TerrasCritters In a new coop

    Oct 24, 2007
    I agree with Silkie!
  6. mmajw

    mmajw Songster

    Jan 31, 2008
    Is there any way you could give them a bigger brooder?
    Maybe more space would help.
    What color heat light are you using ?
    Red usually calms mine so they wont peck.
  7. Cheekon

    Cheekon Songster

    Jan 26, 2008
    Alcatraz for chicks [​IMG]
  8. jenmckin

    jenmckin In the Brooder

    Apr 30, 2008
    NW Mississippi
    Well I don't have a bigger brooder right friend that raises chickens told me this would be sufficient for a couple of weeks until we could build something bigger. But apparently this particular chick doesn't think it's enough.

    I hate to speak too soon, but a night in jail seems to have convinced him to behave. When I changed their paper towels again this morning I released him from his jail and so far so good.

    I did change out the feeders to the long red feeder so maybe that gave him something to peck at instead of toes. [​IMG]
  9. kodiakchicken

    kodiakchicken Songster

    Apr 18, 2008
    Kodiak, Alaska
    I had an eye pecker that wouldn't stop, no matter how long he spent in solitary confinement. I put him in a chicken jail too and actually got him reaching through trying to pull the other chicks through by their eyes! I ended up giving him away to a family that could devote endless love to him so he wouldn't be lonely.

    Hopefully the toe-pecking has stopped, but if not consider that option. I actually found an FFA student that wanted him/her.
  10. Physics Mom

    Physics Mom In the Brooder

    May 12, 2008
    Fruita, Colorado
    Has anybody had sucess re-introducing a quarantined chick to other chickens? We had to isolate one of ours because it had a very pasty vent and was much smaller than the others. She's clearly very lonely... she jumps right up into my hand if it's anywhere near her box and tries to cuddle. But if I put her in with the bigger chicks she came with, she still gets pecked, and if I put her in with my smaller Brahmas, she pushes them around trying to get them to cuddle with her until they start pecking at her too. Is there anyway to re-socialise them once theyv'e been seperated from other chicks?

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