my chicks tailfeathers are bleeding!! What do I do?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by okiemommy, Jun 1, 2008.

  1. okiemommy

    okiemommy Mother of 5, Prisoner to None

    May 26, 2008
    Okla-Homa
    my chicks tailfeathers are bleeding and a couple of the chicks are pecking at it. He is also occasionally pecking at them himself. What do should I do about it and why are they pecking him? Please help [​IMG] Thanks!
     
  2. dacjohns

    dacjohns People Cracker Upper

    For more detailed help try a search.

    Condensed version. Make sure they have plenty of room. If you are using a light/heat lamp use a red one. Petroleum jelly (vaseline) on the spot. Antibiotic like Neosporim. Maybe BluKote. I think I read something like putting a tablespoon of salt in a gallon of water and then changing back to plain water the next day.

    Like I mentioned before though try a search of the forums. It might take a while but there is information there.

    My light brahmas were having this problem a couple of weeks ago.
     
  3. okiemommy

    okiemommy Mother of 5, Prisoner to None

    May 26, 2008
    Okla-Homa
    ok thanks! I will look it up.
     
  4. lovinthechickens

    lovinthechickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ya, my turkeys had the same problem... i separated him from the flock and put a little neosporin on it for about a week and a half and it hasnt came back :]
     
  5. pattee

    pattee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would separate the chicks with the bleeding tail feathers until they healed. I had a chick that had a bloody wing and all the other chicks were pecking at her wing. I couldn't take it so I isolated her, but so she could see the other chicks. I was amazed how fast her wing healed. I also put neosporen on her wing.
     
  6. lovinthechickens

    lovinthechickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    great minds think alike [​IMG]
     
  7. okiemommy

    okiemommy Mother of 5, Prisoner to None

    May 26, 2008
    Okla-Homa
    ok cool! Thanks for the advice! I haven't looked up past the past threads yet, but I will do that tonight. In the mean time, I will separate them. I didn't see it until after the bulk of the pecking happened as I have been keeping my two year old twins and my 3 year old away from them or they will love them to death...literally.[​IMG]
     
  8. okiemommy

    okiemommy Mother of 5, Prisoner to None

    May 26, 2008
    Okla-Homa
    lovinthechickens: Two of my chickens are Buff Orpingtons. I think they are absolutely beautiful!!! I saw Buff Hooligans Buffs and I fell in love!
     
  9. pattee

    pattee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep always great [​IMG] minds...
     
  10. lovinthechickens

    lovinthechickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yay for buffs!
     

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