Question about scrating, literally

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Bridgette1221, Apr 23, 2009.

  1. Bridgette1221

    Bridgette1221 Out Of The Brooder

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    My babies are 22 days old and they scratch themselves alot. Is that normal or should I worry about them having mites or something? They also spread their feathers (what feathers they have) any nibble on them. How would I know if its normal behavior or some sort of bug?
     
  2. Redhead Hen

    Redhead Hen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All birds prun themselves, but it sounds like you may have a mite/lice issue. I know there is a way to check but I'm not an expert. I think you need to look towards the base of the feathers for small bugs. And there are things you can get to clear the bugs right up!

    Hopefully someone wiser will answer and tell you what you could get to rid them of the pests![​IMG]
     
  3. Bridgette1221

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    I've checked out a few of them.... looking under their feathers and such and I don't see anything. How small are they?
     
  4. mediazeal

    mediazeal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine are a week old and they do that a bit too
    they are 'preening' their new little tiny wing feathers.
    they grow so fast I bet they itch a little or they are just getting used to them

    mine do not do this constantly
     
  5. momof4boys

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    Sounds totally normal to me. Mine are always pruning themselves just like you described.
     
  6. Ridgerunner

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    Karlachix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pruning: The process of removing certain above-ground elements from a plant

    Preening: To smooth or clean (feathers) with the beak or bill

    Just trying to help! [​IMG]
     
  8. Redhead Hen

    Redhead Hen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks! Sometimes spelling is a challenge for me after a long day with my 3 year old![​IMG]
     
  9. Bridgette1221

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    OK can somebody tell me about this sandbox thing? Do they need one? Do they like them? And what is this stuff you put in the sand box that helps with mites? I've seen some mention Sevin ... is that Sevin dust, the stuff you put on plants to kill bugs? My neighbor has chickens too and he is asking about their scratching. He is Bulgarian and speaks pretty good english so we communicate pretty well but he needs specific instructions on how to do some things b/c of it. I want to make sure I get the right information and also that I give him the correct info. His chickens are big, although he has gotten some new ones lately. One of his hens had 2 babies and then he went and bought some other baby chicks and snuck them in under the mom at night and she thinks they are hers and vise versa. Its pretty cute... he just got like 5 more to do the same thing with today. [​IMG]
    They are the same size just about as her other babies. I didin't know you could do that. They all just follow her around... its so cute. I got off subject there... [​IMG] Anyone able to explain the sandbox thing to me?
     
  10. Ridgerunner

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    Quote:I'm so embarassed. And to think, my sister was county spelling champ.

    Thanks for the correction.
     

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