One month old chick is getting pecked!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Dr.Doorlock, Jan 1, 2009.

  1. Dr.Doorlock

    Dr.Doorlock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We got 8 baby chicks on Christmas eve-eve, so we named them:

    Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, and Vixen,
    Comet, Cupid, Dunder and Blixen

    Right now, Dunder is getting his tail pecked.

    What do I do?
     
  2. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Do you know which chick is pecking? Or is it more than one chick? You can either remove the naughty one to give Dunder a break (and once you put the other one back in, hopefully it will be knocked off it's top spot on the pecking order) or remove Dunder and a friend and let Dunder's tail heal.
    Another thing... try a red heat light since they can't see as well with red and Dunder will blend in better. Also, make sure they have plenty of room.
     
  3. Smartie_Pants

    Smartie_Pants Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2008
    Madisonville, KY
    Dr.Doorlock :

    We got 8 baby chicks on Christmas eve-eve, so we named them:

    Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, and Vixen,
    Comet, Cupid, Dunder and Blixen

    Right now, Dunder is getting his tail pecked.

    What do I do?

    Shouldn't Dunder be Donner?​
     
  4. maymiegirl

    maymiegirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They need either more space or some cat food. Give them about 1/4 cup of cat food sprinkled with cayenne pepper 2 times a week for 2 weeks then cut them back to once. Be sure to keep them dry and rub vaseline on the tail or spray it with Blu Kote.

    The cayenne pepper is a precaution to any bacterial infection they may get and the cat food adds protein to the diet since lack thereof is a prime reason for feather pecking.

    I have noticed with mine that they do get jealous. If it's your favorite baby, this may be the reason. The Blu Kote is made from a violet that tastes terrible to them. Believe me; they will stop. [​IMG]
     
  5. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    I'm not sure cat food is a good idea since they are so young. Scrambled egg would be a better choice, but they will need chick grit if you feed them anything other than their grower food (since they are not outside picking up grit naturally from the ground).
     
  6. Dr.Doorlock

    Dr.Doorlock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I appreciate your replies. I'm going to get some Blue Coat tomorrow.

    Thank you!
     
  7. Rufflemyfeathers

    Rufflemyfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe it is getting its tail pecked because its name should be Donnar not Dunder....[​IMG]

    Dr.Doorlock :

    We got 8 baby chicks on Christmas eve-eve, so we named them:

    Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, and Vixen,
    Comet, Cupid, Dunder and Blixen

    Right now, Dunder is getting his tail pecked.

    What do I do?​
     
  8. Laskaland

    Laskaland ThE gRoOvY cHiCkEn

    Aug 2, 2008
    Nebraska
    Dr.Doorlock :

    We got 8 baby chicks on Christmas eve-eve, so we named them:

    Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, and Vixen,
    Comet, Cupid, Dunder and Blixen

    Right now, Dunder is getting his tail pecked.

    What do I do?

    FIRST: [​IMG]
    What a neat thing to get for a Christmas present!!! Congratulations!
    Christina​
     
  9. Rufflemyfeathers

    Rufflemyfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh yes Congrats on your new family of baby chicks..I still haven't named any of my chicks yet..got a couple names thought out but will probably put a leg band on them in future and at that time they will get a name..I need a way to separte some chicks in future when I want to keep my breeds with the right rooster and etc.
     
  10. Dr.Doorlock

    Dr.Doorlock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You have all been very nice with the replies. For some reason, the pecking stopped. I find when I spend more time clicking my tongue, they responde and forget about pecking. I'll still be on the watch.

    I just started a new site and have links available. Just drop me a line from:

    http://mysite.verizon.net/reswuzne/index.html

    Tomorrow: Postholes
    7 months to eggs.
     

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