Picked On Chick, New Chicken Mother Needs Help

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by NanazChickenz, Oct 2, 2016.

  1. NanazChickenz

    NanazChickenz In the Brooder

    Aug 5, 2016
    Washington State
    Yesterday morning I fed our 10 chicks, about 8 week old, all appeared well. By evening , noticed the back of one named Bear had a large bare spot. I observed another chick, Goldie, pecking at Bear so all the new feathers had been pecked off. The ends of the feathers remain in the skin like when you don't get all of a sliver removed.
    My questions, do I need to remove remaining feather ends and how long before new feathers grow back?
    I believe the chicks have out grown the stock tank they are currently living in. I have removed Bear and another chick to another container. My daughter and I are building a very large coop but we are about a week out from completion.
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  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, NanazChickenz, and :welcome. Pleased you joined our community. I wouldn't remove the ends of the feathers....they will grow out on their own. Plus you don't want even a drop of blood to show up or the others will really go after that one. You did the right thing by separating that one out to a different brooder. If a skin wound ever does develop, a product called Blue Kote is effective in deterring further picking. Once they're in the big coop the problem may have resolved itself with the greater area - the picked on one will be better able to get away. Close confinement often results in what you're seeing with Bear and Goldie, If you're still having issues after the move to the coop here's an article on the pecking order that may lend some understanding https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/a-guide-to-understanding-the-chicken-pecking-order
    And if Goldie continues after Bear or starts in on others, here's an article for that https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bullying-behavior-in-chickens
    Best of luck to you!! :)
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2016
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  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockwit Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice and links from redsoxs already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
  4. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.

    I think that working on a larger space for them is a great way to start, and I would also strongly recommend applying an anti-picking solution (such as Pick-No-More) to the area.
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  5. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

    Apr 11, 2010

    Good threads to check out. I really believe that a larger area for them will help.

  6. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

    Apr 11, 2010
    Deleted my post..wrong thread....Hello! lol
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  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Thank you for joining us at Backyard chickens [​IMG]
  9. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Hello and welcome to Backyard chickens! You have gotten great advice and links, so I will just say hello and good luck!
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