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Help. Chicks /pecking bleeding

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by llsgirls, Mar 17, 2017.

  1. llsgirls

    llsgirls Out Of The Brooder

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    I moved our chicks to the coop last night. It's warmed. They are 4.5 weeks old. Lots of room/food/water etc. 2 of them have bleeding tail feathers? They are all about the same age. Could only be 1-3 days apart. There is a size difference though.

    What should I do?

    Any kind of meds?
     
  2. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Chicken Obsessed

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    How many birds? What was their prior housing? Brooder? What were the dimensions of it? Did it have heat? What was the temperature, both under the heat and away from the heat? What is the exact size of your coop, and what are you using for heat? What is the temperature in the coop at floor level and roost level? What do you have in there for ventilation? What are you feeding them? % protein?
     
  3. llsgirls

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  4. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Chicken Obsessed

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    What is the temp at night? At 4.5 weeks old, they should not need any heat unless you are in very cold temps. What kind of birds are they? Some of the mediterranean birds have more of a rep for being aggressive. You might want to separate the ones being picked on. If there are only a couple of aggressors, take them out. Your coop is going to be a bit tight, at the recommended 4 s.f./bird. Have they had opportunity to engage in chicken behaviors? Been out in a run, out on the lawn, opportunity to dig and scratch in the soil/grass? That might help them to re-direct their energy. Toss some scratch in their litter. Offset that with some high protein treats: chopped egg, left over chicken/beef/fish. You can also give them multi height areas in their coop: a couple of hay bales, stacked with 2 on bottom and 1 on top so there is a tunnel between the bottom 2 bales. Do they have a predator proof run?
     
  5. EggSighted4Life

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    Hi, welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Red and bleeding will invite more pecking. Blu Kote is the product most people us when they need to hide a would from the flock. I think it also might be antibacterial.

    I'm guessing they are still to small to sleep on the roost?

    Have you paid attention to see if you spot any bullies? Are these straight run chicks?
     
  6. llsgirls

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  7. llsgirls

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    Thank you for the info!
     
  8. llsgirls

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    Thabks for your help! Everyone is as happy as a clam this morning!

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