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Concern about chick behaviour

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by pamduff, Nov 7, 2011.

  1. pamduff

    pamduff Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 10 chicks about 5 weeks old and all of a sudden one of them is going around pulling out the feathers of the others and eating them....what should I do...is this normal...I can tell it hurts the others and why would she be eating feathers?
     
  2. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    Normally, feather eating is a sign that they aren't getting enough protien. So it's either that, or that chick's a little monster lol.
     
  3. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    How much space do they have? If they are indoors, have you turned the heat off? Too little space and possibly overheating could also cause this. You might find if you move them outdoors on grass that it stops.
     
  4. pamduff

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    Quote:LOL yeah maybe...they are getting 18% starter and it only started today as far as I know. They were outside in a temp pen so they could enjoy being outdoors. Today I took them out again and after a few minutes she started. I removed her several times and she was ok at first when I put her back in. I am new to all this and quite frankly am feeling very out of my comfort zone LOL. Thanks for the help!
     
  5. pamduff

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    Quote:They have quite a bit of space...they have two different roosts they use and we are keeping a close eye on the temp. They are now getting time outside in a pen that is even bigger than their brooder...so I don't think space is the problem. Since she is eating the feathers I am inclined to think it may be a protein issue but they are getting 18% starter. She has always seemed older to me even though we got them all at the same time at the same place...I assumed from at least a close hatch date. Not really sure how that works. But her feathers came in first and to me it seemed quite a bit sooner than the others. I appreciate your help and advice.
     
  6. pamduff

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    All is quiet since I moved them back inside. Is it possible she is just trying to assert herself as the "head hen" LOL? We have 3 grown hens that free range around their temp pen. Not sure if that may be causing her temper tantrum.
     
  7. FarmerGrant011

    FarmerGrant011 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it a leghorn (just wondering?)
     
  8. pamduff

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    Quote:They are supposed to be barred rocks...although the coloring on about half of them looks more like RIRs
     
  9. pamduff

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    Well she has started it again...have her separated "time out" lol. Not sure what to do...it was 75 in the room so lowering the temp as an experiment to see what happens...I hate this!
     

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