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Is this normal?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by stroud2009, May 11, 2016.

  1. stroud2009

    stroud2009 Out Of The Brooder

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    I got chicks about two weeks ago and a few of them keep pecking at their own feathers .
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    They preen their feathers and rearrange them, that's normal, and I can't imagine it's comfortable to have feathers growing in. A good check for parasites is always a good thing to do if you are concerned. Look for little dark red dots moving, mostly on their faces and under the wings and vent.
     
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  3. newchicks12

    newchicks12 New Egg

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    What if they have red mites? And all you have is poultry protector.
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    I've used the powdered chicken dust made with pyrethrin on chicks less than a week, they were fine after, just go easy. Mites can kill chicks.
     

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