Chicks are picking feathers off baby's head

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kathie grey, Apr 6, 2016.

  1. kathie grey

    kathie grey In the Brooder

    Oct 13, 2013
    Hello -

    I have a group of 2 week old chicks. The group has started picking on my beautiful Polish chick. He had a gorgeous poof on his head but they are picking him raw. What can I do to stop this? What can I put on it to help it heal? Will coconut oil make it worse for him?Anything white to cover his pink skin?

  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Free Ranging

    Sep 20, 2015
    Southern N.C. Mountains
    You may want to separate him in the brooder, put in a wire barrier you they all can still see one another.
    If you want to try to hide the pink you can use something like Bluekote.
    I have not tried it but you may want to look into a Pick No More product and see if it help to prevent the pecking (supposed to taste bad?).
    Just my thoughts[​IMG]
  3. Cyan929

    Cyan929 In the Brooder

    Mar 20, 2016
    Oh man, I am in the same boat. I have 6, 5 week old chicks.
    Anyway, they do that to my Polish chick too. I used Blu kote and yet they still pecked her. I had to completely remover her because one of them bloodied her face.
    I have been allowing her to be with them when I can watch and she can see them and they can see her in the brooder.
    The bullying is way better, but they still nip her from time to time. She also doesn't stand up for herself, which doesn't help.
    Anyway, sorry for the long post.
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    You should never get a single crested bird, it will always be pecked at, there should be at least 4-5 or more in a flock. Anything different will be a target. Your best bet is too add more or remove the one. Polish often don't work well in a mixed flock.

  5. Cyan929

    Cyan929 In the Brooder

    Mar 20, 2016
    Well, she may become our house chicken then. She was a bonus chicken from McMurray,the rest are buff orpington, barred rock, or Wyandotte.
  6. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Polish are notorious targets, and a single one is hopeless. Any solitary chicken with a pronounced difference is going to be a target unless you can get more of them to diffuse the differences.

    You might try disciplining the aggressive chick or chicks when they attack. It involves poking the bad chick on the back when it misbehaves, a lot like an adult chicken will when a chick gets out of line.

    I wrote about how to do this and the link is below under "Articles by azygous"

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