Question about 3 day old silkie with a white tip on beak

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jobouss, Feb 26, 2013.

  1. jobouss

    jobouss Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My little Silkie has a black beak with a little white spot on the end. The other chicks are forever pecking that white spot thinking it's food. The Silkie has started pecking them back a little, but it looks like it is disturbing to her. I am just about ready to take a sharpie and put a black dot on the white spot. Does anyone think that is a bad idea?
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  2. Impress

    Impress Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think that would be healthy at all, Sharpies are NOT non-toxic. It just looks like the egg horn to me, which will fall off.
     
  3. Deerling

    Deerling Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree, I don't think it would be safe. Think of how strong they smell, and then imagine having that right by your face.

    Do you have a red brooder light? If not I've heard that can help with pecking.
     
  4. jobouss

    jobouss Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't but I can get one. Thanks for your replies. I would not even do it unless I got your opinions first.
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  5. Deerling

    Deerling Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We started with red lights but briefly used a white one when one burned out, and I felt like the chicks were more aggressive and had a hard time settling down with the white light. Hopefully a red one will solve the problem for you. I can't tell from the picture if the white dot is just an egg horn or not, but if it is it should fall off soon. It's great you're keeping such a close eye on them :)
     

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