Missing tail feathers on chicks

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Bokbok, Feb 28, 2007.

  1. Bokbok

    Bokbok Out Of The Brooder

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    One of my Buff Orpingtons has no tail feathers, while every other chick has plenty. I don't remember if she had them before and now they are gone or what, I just noticed the difference when I was in there a minute ago. The chicks are two weeks old today. Where her tail feathers should be is just this raw looking patch with stubble sticking out.
     
  2. TheBigWRanch

    TheBigWRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The other chicks may be picking at them.
     
  3. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    They may be picking because of stress or any other number of things. Use a heat lamp that gives off a red light and they will stop picking.
     

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