Found an injury on a baby chick

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ~chickiddy~do~da~, Apr 23, 2008.

  1. ~chickiddy~do~da~

    ~chickiddy~do~da~ Hatching

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    I noticed one of my baby chicks had a bloddy scab are on her back yesterday am. Then last night I noticed some of the other babies holding her down with their little feet and taking turns pecking at the scab. I cant make them stop. I have isolated the chick now, but dont know what is causing this behavior. How do I treat the scab, when can I put her back.

    I am a newbie, just bought a farm in October and am trying to fill it with fun farm animals, starting with chickens. I have a nice coop that came with the farm.

    Not sure what I am doing. I am jumping in head first. I have 58 chickens, 17 ducks, and 2 turkeys. I have only lost 2 chicks since starting this adventure on April 1st and dont want to lose another!

    Any suggestions would be appreciated. I have not put the chickens outside yet, are they getting cabin fever? I put the ducks out for the first time on Saturday, it just started getting nice here in South Dakota.
     
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  2. It is called pecking. They other chicks peck at the others. What color heat lamp do you have?
     
  3. ChelC

    ChelC In the Brooder

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    They probably only keep pecking at it because it looks curious. The intial pecking could be due to boredom or overcrowding.
     
  4. ~chickiddy~do~da~

    ~chickiddy~do~da~ Hatching

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    I have a red light. Maybe they are getting crowded...I think I could move them to bigger quarters.
     

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