chicks picking feathers out of each other

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by smith5frogs, Mar 10, 2017.

  1. smith5frogs

    smith5frogs New Egg

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    We have 6 week old chicks and today got 7 (2wk old) more. After being together for a couple hours, the younger ones began pecking the tail feathers out of the older ones to the point of drawing blood.
    We have separated them now and isolated the 2 bloody bottom girls. But now, I am not sure what is our next step.
    Thanks for your help!
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Can you tell us a bit more about the brooder (dimensions, heat source used, number of feed/water stations) and the process you used in introducing the new chicks to the existing brood?
     
  3. smith5frogs

    smith5frogs New Egg

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    We put them together in our brooder while we went to build the bigger brooder. This was an unexpected addition. I understand they were probably stressed from overcrowding. I just want to know what to do now. As in how do I help to heal the babies and work toward putting them back together.
    Thanks.
     
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2017

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