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Eye picking by a chick!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jstudy, Mar 27, 2007.

  1. jstudy

    jstudy Out Of The Brooder

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    I just got 6 EE chicks today. One has become extreamly agressive and goes straight for other chicks' eyes. I move it away, put it by the food, which it eats, then goes after another chick's eyes again! They're in a 40 gallon breeder tank with the right temps and food and water, just this chick has a mean streak. Is this normal? Should I trim it's beak? I'm hesitant to separate it from the flock, as that could be bad in the long run.

    Thanks,

    -Jason
     
  2. MTchick

    MTchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of mine did that when she was four days old, so I separated her from the rest for a few hours with food and water and her own lamp. She's never done it since then, and isn't aggressive. Maybe your chick just needs some time to calm down by herself.

    Good luck.

    -MTchick
     
  3. jstudy

    jstudy Out Of The Brooder

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    I tried separating it for the day, no effect. I even put alfalfa in for interest.
    Can I trim it's beak a little? I've started to think I'll need to cull it.
    One thing I've noticed is that this bird has a blood stain right under the nostiles, most likely had it since hatching...can't get it off.
     
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2007
  4. soonerdog

    soonerdog Chillin' With My Peeps

    I hope this isn't an early indication that this bird is going to be a feather picker! OH What a headache those pickers are!!! You may have to isolate this mean little fellow all by himself for a long while. What a little meanie he is already. I hope he stops.
     
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2007

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