One chick being picked at. Am I missing something I need to do?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by WingingIt, Apr 18, 2009.

  1. WingingIt

    WingingIt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2009
    I've got 15 red sex link chicks (at least, that's what they are supposed to be [​IMG] ) in the house. They are almost six weeks old. Found one last night that the others have started picking at. No blood, just some feathers pulled off it's back.

    I did a thread search and this is what I've done. Is there something obvioius I'm missing and need to do?

    There is a red light on them in the early morning hours. During the day it's plenty bright, so no light. No light on at night, house is warm enough.

    They have washers handing in there to play with along with shiny spoons attached to the wall for them to peck at.

    They are in huge moving boxes cut and put together and I added more this morning.

    I scrambled up two eggs for them last night and added in some dry cat food. How often do I do that and how many eggs should I scramble for 15 chicks? I can scramble some tuna or something in with the eggs, right?

    I'm trying to get the outside coop finished (bad weather right now) so I can move them out there. Using that 4 coop / 8-10 ft run rule the coop has enough room for 30 full size chickens and the run enough for 34 (I won't max those out) so I know they'll be happy out there and that is the best solution, but I want to do what I can today and tomorrow until I can (hopefully) get them out there.

    Should I take the one that's being picked at out and put it with another calm chick or two in another brooder separately?

    Thanks for any help you can give me!
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2009
  2. WingingIt

    WingingIt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2009
  3. PeeperKeeper

    PeeperKeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm having trouble with my RIR sired mutts wanting to eat each other! I have tried some of the same things you have. The only thing I've discovered is Desitin Baby Diaper Rash Ointment applied to the area being pecked at will make them stop.
    But I also have a one year old Buff Orpington that is having trouble walking due to malformed feet. The other hens and roo are trying to kill her! Somne how they sense weakness in the other chickens and will try to kill them off in order to preserve the flock.
  4. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    I think your idea of separating the chick with a couple of calm ones is a good idea. But watch, to make sure the calm ones don't start picking at it. If you can separate them, but they can still socialize together, it will help when it comes time to put them all together again. I used a baking rack to divide the brooder, to keep mine from beating each other up! [​IMG]

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