In the Brooder
- Jun 2, 2010
This morning, I went in to check my week-old chicks only to find that they had one chicken down, picking the daylights out of him. He was bleeding pretty bad and the rest of the chicks were going after him like CRAZY! I had a time trying to even get the chicks off him long enough so I could get the picked chick out of the pen. I have never seen aggressiveness like that before. They were like a bunch of little cannibals.We do have a red bulb in the heat lamp, and it is around 80 to 85 degrees. They are on chick starter, non-medicated, sugar water, which I am cutting them down on. They have plenty of space. Just not sure what else to do. I started putting some grass clippings in to try and keep them occupied. They went after that chick so fast, once they drew blood, and he would have been dead in a matter of minutes. I just happen to stop by the coop on my way to the garden to check on the chicks. Good thing I did. There wouldn't have been much left of that chick if I hadn't.Anymore ideas for picking? Thanks!! I appreciate it!