Picking on 1 chick after they've been together 12 days??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Urbanchickens, May 24, 2007.

  1. Urbanchickens

    Urbanchickens In the Brooder

    May 23, 2007
    Is this normal? My DD's class incubated and hatched eggs so we rec'd a 1 day old chick. We wanted her to have "friends" so we bought 5 more (slightly older) from the feed store. I had heard that if they were going to pick, it would happen immediately. It's been 12 peaceful days that they have been together but this morning, our young chick has a bloody vent/butt area. And one part of her wing is bloody/missing feathers. Would they start picking now?

    I've isolated her for now and tried to clean up her bottom. But we have to rush off to school/work and can't stay with her today. I'm worried!!

  2. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    My limited experience has shown me that once a chick gets a little blood on it the other chicks may act like wolves. Isolate the chick until no blood is present.

    You also may have a sick chick. If it's vent is bloody it may be a sign of illness. The other chicks may naturally attack a weak or sick chick. Isolation is critical.

    Good Luck.

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