Eye pokers

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by gootziecat, Mar 21, 2015.

  1. gootziecat

    gootziecat Songster

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    I just got in a new batch of baby chicks from a hatchery. The EEs are eye pokers. This isn't just a casual "oh, it's shiny" poke. This is trying to either grab the eye lids or to actually poke the eye, with persistence. There are already a couple of chicks with some eye issues because of it. Has anyone experience this?
     
  2. TheEggCollecter

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    Jeez haven't come across this before! What are using for brooder lighting?
     
  3. gootziecat

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    I have raised a lot of chicks over the years and haven't run into this either. That's why I asked to see if anyone else has had this happen.
     
  4. TheEggCollecter

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    What are using as a light bulb in the brooder?
     
  5. gootziecat

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    Brooder lamp.
     
  6. TheEggCollecter

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    Just wondering if you were using a regular light bulb because the bright white lights allows chickens to see certain things differently where as the red light doesn't. Very wierd.
     

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