Chick pulling out its own tail feathers?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by erinchelsea, Apr 1, 2011.

  1. erinchelsea

    erinchelsea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This afternoon when I checked on my 2-week old chicks (brown-egg laying assortment from the Hatchery) I noticed one of the chicks peeping like it was in distress. It was frantically pulling at it's own tail feathers and peeping. I picked her up and looked and it didn't look like anything was wrong with her vent, just most of the fuzz and feathers were missing. I put some bag balm on there since that's all I had. The other chicks don't seem to be bothering her and none of them have been picking. They are under a red light in a good-size brooder in our basement, plenty of clean food & water and seem to be comfortable. I did isolate her but not sure if it will get better since she's doing it to herself!!! What else can I do and what may be causing her to do this?
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I don't know but something must be bothering her, has she ever had pasty butt? does her poop look normal.. did you check her over for mites?
     
  3. erinchelsea

    erinchelsea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She's never had pasty butt...I didn't see any mites...and poop in the isolation box looks okay. She seems a little quieter now that I've isolated her, hopefully that is a good thing. [​IMG]
     
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    yeah you just might want to put her back in when you can just sit a observe to see if some of the others might have started this..
     
  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I have a year old hen that still does the same thing... I give them more protein and it doesn't make any difference... it's a nervous tick she's had since hatching... she lays large, dark eggs (marans) and now she's started picking the roos butt feathers and some from his neck. He looks like a refugee.
     
  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    maybe it's like when dogs lick them selves until they have a raw place. never thought of a chicken doing that.
     
  7. erinchelsea

    erinchelsea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She seems to be sleeping peacefully. I'm sure I'll check on her a bunch of times tonight- not sure how I will sleep!
     
  8. secuono

    secuono Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I sprinkle DE on my chicks backs and all over the brooder, within a day they settle. If it's a little later on when the feathers start to come in, that may be bothering them, too. If she is still a fluff ball, try the DE.
     

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