Combs injured on hardware cloth

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by bateshomesteaddream, May 19, 2019.

  1. bateshomesteaddream

    bateshomesteaddream Hatching

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    Let me start out by saying we are new to chicken owning. We have six 4 wk old chicks. Yesterday & today we put them in their run for a little out door time during the day. Today when we went out to bring them back into their brooder (the spare bathroom) we saw that all 6 of them have scratched their combs. We can only assume it was due to pecking @ things through the half inch hardware cloth. We have taken care of their poor little noses but is this normal?
     
  2. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

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    Welcome! I'd look for any sharp edges out there first, tomorrow. Maybe just one wire sticking out or something. They are unlikely to injure themselves on hardware cloth in a normal position.
    Mary
     
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  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Got my Puppy

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    Did you observe them? Generally they cannot stick their heads through the wire. There may be some other reason for the injuries.
     
  4. Xlcandylx

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    I would watch for pecking and them jumping on each other. When i put my little ones out for the first time, they would fight over bugs. It was so cute watching them run around trying to catch them. But that could be a cause there wounds.
     
  5. bateshomesteaddream

    bateshomesteaddream Hatching

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    They were pulling plants through the half inch squares. I will look over everything more carefully tomorrow. Thanks.
    Since we work all week they won't get any out door time till Saturday & by then maybe they will be ready for their move to the coop/run. :D
     

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