How commom is it to strangle a chick

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by youngchooklover, Feb 27, 2013.

  1. youngchooklover

    youngchooklover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In my books it says chicks can get strangled in the silk like feathers of a silkies [​IMG].


    Has it happen to you and how commen is it and how can I stop it from happening?
     
  2. I've never heard of that happening...
     
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    I have never had it happen, nor have I ever heard of it happening. I suppose it might be a possibility?
     
  4. youngchooklover

    youngchooklover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So it must be not commen
     
  5. very rare, if ever.
     
  6. youngchooklover

    youngchooklover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG]
     
  7. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    I've had this happen just one time, and not with a Silkie but a standard Cochin. The baby got stuck in a feather that was stuck to another by a little bit of poo. I don't know how long the poor little thing was stuck there, but it was very much alive and well when I freed it. Momma seemed relieved to have the screaming peeper taken off her backside as well.
    Nikki
     
  8. WVDoug

    WVDoug Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know this is an old thread, but I wanted to share this.
    It does happen, and not just with fancy-feathered birds.
    Today I lost a 3 day old chick, apparently to strangulation. I lifted up the hen to check the chicks and one was hanging from some tangled feathers, dead.
    The hen was a 6 month Cuckoo Marans.
     
  9. paris_r

    paris_r Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have this happening with my silkie-i am now cutting off most of her bottom feathers-neck, leg, thigh and rear. i just rescued the 6th baby this happened to and this one was gasping and i thought i wouldnt recover.
     

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