Please help my baby chicks

Untrained

In the Brooder
Aug 14, 2019
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I noticed on one of them that they have this dry irritated patch that seems to be where their feathers are falling out. I’ve got 6 chicks and 4 pekin ducks all babies growing up together.

I’ve got them on medicated food, in a tub with a heat lamp. The ducks knock a ton of water out and onto the wood shavings. I’m not sure if that’s causing this issue but I’m really concerned because it has spread to my other baby chicks.

Please help!
 

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TwoChicksChix

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May 29, 2019
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My chicks have an area like that too. Check for mites, but I don’t see it as a concern in mine. It’s just them shedding feathers.

But I would be careful about there being too much water in the shavings. That could be irritating their bottoms
 

slippednfell

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Ducks should also not be on medicated food. They will overeat, resulting in overdosing on the meds in the food.

My chicks had a spot or two like that but it has cleared up... I would just keep an eye on it and see if it clears up or gets worse.


Edited to correct typo
 

Untrained

In the Brooder
Aug 14, 2019
10
5
14
Ducks should also not be on medicated food. They will overeat, resulting in overdosing on the meds in the food.

My chicks had a spot or two like that but it has cleared up... I would just keep an eye on it and see if it clears up or gets worse.


Edited to correct typo

Thank you. So I did some more research and found that the bubbled up area near the right side is their crop being stuffed with food. So that makes me feel a little more at ease.

I also do believe that it is from them laying with the ducks and becoming a nice little family which is EXACTLY what I was hoping for with this flock that I am raising. Hopefully, that is all it is and will clear up in a few days to a week.
 
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Doublete

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Apr 4, 2019
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Thank you. So I did some more research and found that the bubbled up area near the ride side is their crop being stuffed with food. So that makes me feel a little more at ease.

I also do believe that it is from them laying with the ducks and becoming a nice little family which is EXACTLY what I was hoping for with this flock that I am raising. Hopefully, that is all it is and will clear up in a few days to a week.

Two people stated above:
Ducks shouldn’t be on medicated food
Ducks and chicks shouldn’t be in the same brooder
 

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