Eye Pecking Problem

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by shadowmane, Mar 1, 2012.

  1. shadowmane

    shadowmane Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yesterday, we came home with 8 chicks. 7 Silver Laced Wyandotte and 1 black sex link (which, incidentally, is all brown). Today, we brought home the last part of the order. 7 Americauna.

    Last night, I noticed that there were 2 Wyandotte chicks pecking at the eye of the sex link. After the Americaunas were introduced, one of them started doing the same thing to the Sex Link. What's the deal? Do they think that the Sex Link's eyelid is food or something? The rim of the chick's eyelid is kind of swollen, and she can't close her eye properly. Should I separate the Sex Link, or the chicks that are pecking at her eye? Its seems that its more than just one chick doing the pecking. We think the Sex Link is a week older than the other chicks. She stands taller than the rest of them, and has more feathers on her wings.
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2012
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Definitely separate now.
    After a few days it will probably heal and you can return.
    Any injury will be pecked by the others to a not so pleasant end.
  3. dallandrafae

    dallandrafae Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 23, 2011
    i would seperate it. now it has a swollen eye they will just keep at it.
  4. shadowmane

    shadowmane Chillin' With My Peeps

    We separated her out with a screen between her and the rest of the chicks. My wife is now saying she smells kind of like raw meat. I'm kind of at a loss as to what to do from here. Her right eyelid is a little swollen and has tinges of red where the skin may have been broken. I read somewhere else you could put neosporin in her eye.
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2012
  5. Maev

    Maev Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 22, 2012
    Yakima, WA
    Did you do a search on the forum for neosporin? That should give you all the information you need about using it. Maybe if you search "eye injury" you might find something helpful also. There's lots of good information hidden in all the pages.
    Good luck! I hope your chick gets better quickly!

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