Chicks pecking at each other bad sore on one, possible sores on other

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chellebyerly, Mar 2, 2009.

  1. chellebyerly

    chellebyerly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 18 chicks they are about 3 weeks old. Starting to get feathers and quills. but still have some fuzzy down.

    yesterday we put them in a larger brooder. Today I saw that one has a bloody place on her neck. They are starting to get feathers here. she pecks at it, and every once in a while, another will peck at it. She wasnt being chased or anything, but some would peck at her. There are about a dozen or so dried blood drops on the cage.

    I DID seperate her. I put her in the same cage, but she is divided by a plywood divider. Today I finally got a red light. and its on the larger group of chicks.

    BUT she is not happy. Poor thing wants in with the others. She is throwin a hissy fit. I did put a bear in there.

    I dont have anything except neosporin with pain relief ( and I read not to rub that on them?) , and Corona ointment for animals. (Lanolin 50%, Beeswax, Fragrance, HEEDTA, Lanolin ALchohol, Mineral oil, Wxyguinoline, Petrolatum, water, sodium Borate, and Sorbitan Sequioleate.-- I use it for everything from diaper rash to cuts and scrapes on us, and for EVERYTHING on the horses, dogs, pigs, cats, etc. )

    I dont mind her being in her own 'portion' of the cage, aside from the constant fit throwing, AND I am getting in some day old cochins on Thursday or Friday. Thats why the brooder was built with a divider. LOL

    When I was trying to catch her, I did notice that a few of the other chicks had a smaller place on their necks (again, feathers are coming in) that was a spot of blood, or a almost scabby place about the size of a pencil tip. But hers is good sized, about the size of a quarter.

    Can I do anything else? Should I wrap her in guaze to be able to put her back in with the others?
    Or can the new babies be put in with her? She is NOT lethargic, she is NOT scared, shocky, or such. She is alert and VERY ticked off that I moved her. LOL

    And if I have to move the other 'hurt' ones, I will end up with the same problem, They will just be pecking at each other. GGGRRRR LOL

    I had planned to keep the two sets divided up for a week or 10 days at least, then allow them to intermingle, until it became time to move them outside.
     
  2. spook

    spook Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well first off, wipe the blood spots off them, once a bird/chicken sees blood, they will pick it, just like you have done and wonderfully "put up with" peep ep ep .
    I would say to place vaseline on the spot, and your right do not use anything with a pain reliever- lidocaine will kill them. Possibly placing another chick in with it, or use a window screen so they can see each other, keeping her standings in the flock. If kept out to long, she will have to deal with pecking order again.
    I hope someone can tell you more then me, but it sounds like your on the ball already! Good call!
     
  3. chellebyerly

    chellebyerly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks, I might have some vasoline. LOL Since I use the Corona for EVERYTHING, I dont keep other meds here. Lol

    I will see about getting her medicated, and maybe she can go back in soon.

    I knew I was playing with fire, with the regular light bulb, BUT, I couldnt get ahold of one. Finally the feedstore got some in. I had hoped I had gotten it in time. But this happened between last night and this morning. LOL wouldnt ya know it! [​IMG]
     

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