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my chicks are pecking at tail fethers of a few choicks causing bleeding what can i do

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Trina62, Feb 27, 2016.

  1. Trina62

    Trina62 New Egg

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    what can I do about this I have removed the injured chicks but since im new to this I need help
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC!

    I take it this is in the brooder? You need to first make sure they are not over heating or cold. Being over heated and cramped in leads to cannibalism. Keep the heat off to one side, food and water on the other. You should have started the heat off at around 90 degrees at day old chicks, lowering the heat by 5 degrees each week. If they still seem a bit feisty, lower the heat a couple degrees more. Make sure they have at least 1/2 square foot per chick until they are about 3 or 4 weeks of age, then up this to 1 square foot per chick. Do not cover the brooder with anything but screen or wire for good heat and oxygen exchange.

    Give them things to do. Chicks will pick at toes, eyes, feathers, what ever they have to to cure boredom. I like to put branches in for perching and climbing. This also helps to get them started roosting. I move up to a 1x2 or 2x4 as they age and are still in the brooder.

    Cut a cereal box down and put things in there for them to scratch around in...burns calories. I like to put dried leaves. alfalfa hay or leaves, a TINY sprinkling of sand for the gizzards, some chick starter too. Keeps them entertained for hours and they are too tired to pick on each other...

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    For now, treat the injured ones separately but get them back in the brooder as soon as possible. If you have any BluKote to spray on the injuries, this will help prevent infection and will hide the raw skin.

    Good luck! Just keep an eye on your birds, they will tell you what they need.

    Welcome to our flock! :)
     
  3. pogmobum

    pogmobum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have them under a white light heat lamp? Sometimes putting in a red heat lamp can stop the attacking, do they all have enough food and water aswell maybe u could put in an extra food dish which may help
     
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  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Oh, and a good romp on the living room floor, supervised of course, (all dogs and small children at bay) does wonders for burning those calories. Even field trips outside on nice days for 15 mins at first, in a corralled area so as to not lose them, really helps cure boredom.
     
  5. TwoCrows

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    Oh and X2...Use an infra red bulb only. White lighting is very exciting to chicks. Red will not excite or disturb sleep patterns.
     
  6. Trina62

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    im using a red light. They are now crowding in the corners
     
  7. pogmobum

    pogmobum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could you maybe take a picture of the set up? If there crowding in a corner away from the lamp they might be to hot
     
  8. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Sounds like they are too hot. Get an accurate themometer, one you are sure is correct, and lay it on the floor directly beneath the lamp. What is it reading?
     

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