Feather pecking by Mum

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chippy, Sep 6, 2010.

  1. chippy

    chippy New Egg

    Aug 9, 2010
    Rhyl North Wales
    We have 7 baby chicks which are 3 weeks old. Today I noticed their Mum pecking the babies tiny feathers to the point of making a couple of them bleed.
    So would it be better to isolate Mum, or can anyone offer any advice.
    They all have plenty of fresh water, chick crumbs and more than enough room to run around.
    Mum is a Silver Grey Dorking. Dad a Buff Orpington.
    Any advice gratefully received.
  2. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    hmmm What is the protein content of the crumbles? Sounds like your hen needs more. She may be preparing to lay again, or to molt and needs more protein. Try 20% for awhile.
  3. mulia24

    mulia24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I suggest to split them, put babies under heater/bulb and separate mom from babies although you'll keep hearing babies "crying" endlessly but if you give them enough food and drink (and care) they'll start "forgetting" their mom about 2-3 days late. [​IMG]

    but you may want also to try emys suggestion first or else. [​IMG]
  4. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    You might also try a little electrolyte powder in their water. If is doesn't stop soon then yes, you should separate them, or the chicks will be in danger and worse they will learn this bad behavior.

    Forgot to say [​IMG]

    Good Luck with your birds!

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