Chicks Pecking On One Chick

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  1. CAJUN_CHICK

    CAJUN_CHICK In the Brooder

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    Good Morning,

    I purchased 6 3 day old chicks pullets 3 weeks ago. They have been together since I brought them home. Yesterday afternoon all of a sudden 5 were pecking on one's chicks back and it was bleeding. I removed the chick and cleaned up the wound and have her seperated now. But why would this happen after 3 weeks together?
     
  2. FortCluck

    FortCluck Free Ranging

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    Is the chick sick? Did it have a wound to being with?

    Could be that one chick pecked it hard enough to make it bleed and then it caused all the others to start pecking it as well.

    Once blood is drawn usually it attracts chickens to continually peck it due to the red color. Put Blu-Kote on it to stop the pecking.
     
  3. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Free Ranging

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    Could be some combo of crowding, boredom, or the chick is sickly or wounded and the others were attracted to the color of blood.
     
  4. CAJUN_CHICK

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    Thank you, the chick seems healthy and fine now still have her seperated I will try and put her back with the others today.
     
  5. CAJUN_CHICK

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    Thank you.
     
  6. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    What's the breeds of the Chicks and describe your set up or post pictures please.
     
  7. CAJUN_CHICK

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    4 Buff Orpington and 2 Olive Eggers. I was one of the Buff's being pecked on. CH IMG_0782.jpg
     
  8. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Possibly too warm so only heat the area they sleep and feeding area cooler. Bigger Brooder will help.
     
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  9. CAJUN_CHICK

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    Thank you.
     
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  10. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Adding in fun things like stumps and a mirror. Spot full of sand to scratch around in..They are like all babies so entertaining things are best.
     
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