In the Brooder
- Jul 23, 2021
The mum hatched 3 chicks 7 days ago, and there was an unfortunate incident where one was attached to mums leg due to dried poo and she broke its wing as she trotted out in the morning. I took this chick away and mended it inside quickly before putting her back. All seemed fine and they accepted her again, then I came back and the wing had no feathers left on it. Just a flesh arm, at which point I took her away and she now lives inside under a brooder. SInce then the remaining 2 seemed fine over the last 2 days since and then today I noticed one had a bloody tail feathers where those had been pecked off. I have now sprayed them with anti peck spray. Otherwise mum is good, teaching them to eat, drink, keeping them warm - all the good signs. I havent seen who is doing this but I'd be suprised if the chicks pecked hard enough. Has anyone experienced this before? I have 3 other broody mums with no sign of this behaviour and I've been hatching for 20 years and never seen this before! Any help or guidance ie should I take chicks away (which I really dont want to do) would be appreciated.