Several of my 3 week old chicks seem to be picking something off the rest. They don't seem to be "pecking" but rather grooming the other birds. Do they actually groom each other or is this something I need to watch. We did have a problem with 2 polish chicks where one was pulling feathers off the back of the head of the other. This was very noticeable and not like the "grooming" thing. The "peckee" was literally pecked bald by the "pecker". I coated the bald spot with blue-kote and the pecking has stopped. On a funny note, after I applied the blue-kote and put the bird back in with the others in the brooder ( blue-kote was still wet), 2 other birds went after it. I guess the stuff tasted really bad. One pecked at it and shook its head after a taste. Another one pecked at the now blue beak of the new pecker and got a taste. It shook its head also but that was the end of all the pecking. No new episodes have occurred since. Hopefully the feathers will grow back on its head cause it really looks funny. BTW there was no blood drawn on the bald head, just a dime sized pink spot showing. If the pecking starts again, who gets "jailed"? The pecker or the peckee? There 2 polish birds are the only one that seem to have a disagreement on head feathers. All the others are pretty mellow and laid back about the whole situation. All 26 I started with are still alive and healthy. They got their first taste of grass yesterday along with some grit. It was funny to watch and the 6' x 3' brooder seemed awfully small for the antics. Several have even found out that they have wings and can fly. Time to put the top on as I really don't need the bedroom/brooder room turned into "chicken fly zone".