Help! Pecking problem???

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by freefallinsunshine, May 15, 2008.

  1. freefallinsunshine

    freefallinsunshine In the Brooder

    May 14, 2008
    Paris, IL
    One of the chicks is getting a bare chest... does this happen when the new feathers come in or is she getting pecked??

    If it's the latter, what can be done to stop the damage?
  2. ginbart

    ginbart Crowing

    Mar 9, 2008
    Bloomsburg, PA
    I don't think I can help you much but do you see other chicks pecking it? How old are they and are you using a red light? I know my chicks did not get bare chests. Hopefully someone who knows will help. Good luck. [​IMG]
  3. smom1976

    smom1976 too many projects too little time!

    May 2, 2008
    Pensacola, FL
    I got a few barred rock chicks from the feed store they pecked almost all their feathers out.. no pests, nothing... when I asked the lady about it she just told me that chickens are strange little guys and sometimes do strange things.. they are fine and no problems .. they are now getting in their feathers.. mind you these are my first chickens.. but I too am anxious about every little quark that happens..
  4. Chicken Cluck

    Chicken Cluck Songster

    May 12, 2008
    See what happens in the next few days!
  5. HobbyChickener

    HobbyChickener Songster

    Jun 29, 2007
    central KY
    There are several things that it might involve.

    First - what kind of birds are you talking about? Cornish will loose feathers because of their rapid growth among other things.

    Second - what are they in? Meaning do the have enough room? If they are cramped they could be getting to hot. Are they laying in poo soaked bedding? This will cause feather lose because of the high acid rate in the poo.

    Third - How warm is it where they are?

    Fourth - How old are they? They could be molting and it is just their time to loose feather to grow their "adult" feathers.

    Also I noticed where you are from, small world I was born and raised in Casey!

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