Other chicks are pecking the fluff off the head of my polish chick!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by CityChick02, May 6, 2011.

  1. CityChick02

    CityChick02 New Egg

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    This morning when I went to check on my chicks (2 light brahmas, 2 buff orpintons, 1 americana, and 1 polish crested) my poor polish is bald! What can I do?? I had wondered if the others would pick on him/her, but the woman I got them from said that it would be fine, she kept them in with different breeds and had no problems...
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I have read about Polish being de-feathered by other breeds (on the head) quite a bit on BYC.

    I would prepare to rehome the Polish, or get more Polish and have a second flock. I don't have any Polish, though, so I cannot tell you from experience.

    I hope someone will be along to give you better advice...just my 2 cents.
     
  3. WallTenters

    WallTenters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Get another polish or two. It usually helps to not have just one be the odd-man-out. Otherwise, yes, they will peck him bald :<
     
  4. flnatv

    flnatv Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is so sad [​IMG]
    We just got some in yesterday and they seem to be the biggies in the group.
    Can you keep Polish with Silkies and bantam BO?

    Poor baby lost his/her mohawk...
     
  5. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My three are in with a cuckoo marans, a barred rock and some silkies and all is fine. I put three sex links in there and had to take them back out as they attacked the polish heads. I guess it just depends on the birds.
     
  6. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

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    I have one with the same problem [​IMG] dh calls her friar tuck as she still has a ring of feathers. He is going to be making me a new pen for my "odd" bantam hens (w/c chocolate polish, dun quail d'anver, mille fleur d'anver) since they are too small to be with the lf they grew up with and seem to get picked on....what's another pen? [​IMG]
     
  7. mommto3kiddos

    mommto3kiddos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Light Brahma did the same thing to my Sultan girl the first 2 weeks, so I seperated them in the same brooder with a wire divider for about 3 days. Put them back together and they have been fine since as far as the pulling feathers out, but they still hate each other!!
     
  8. TN_BIRD

    TN_BIRD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:We too are doing a similar thing.

    We had 3 barred rock chicks and a few weeks later got 2 egg laying buff orpingtons. One of the older hens was being a bully, so we separated her for a week. We just reintroduced her, and it seems she is a little less aggressive (still watching them closely and have our fingers crossed).
     
  9. CityChick02

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    Rehoming her is kind of what I figured [​IMG] I can't make another pen for her, and I've only got one heat lamp, they're not even 2 weeks old yet I don't think. I put pine shavings in so they've got something to kick around in, might distract them. I'm only allowed 4 hens where I live...and I've got my 4 in the yard, and these 6 inside (shhhhhh [​IMG]). My older ladies are going to live with my sister, so I'd be down to 6.
     

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