Red skin

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by MAchicks, Jul 25, 2016.

  1. MAchicks

    MAchicks New Egg

    Jul 25, 2016
    Hi everyone! I have some chicks about 2 weeks old and their skin seems red. Is this normal? Otherwise they seem to be fine although they are preening more unless that is just part of their feathers growing in. I am new to raising chickens so I am not quite sure what is normal and what is cause for concern. Thanks!
  2. azygous

    azygous Flock Master

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Red skin can be a sign of irritation. It can also indicate infection underlying that skin, especially if the skin feels hotter to the touch in that spot. But the red skin may just be a temporary irritation, perhaps getting pecked.

    Examine the chick very closely for any sign of injury or parasites. Monitor the chick's behavior and stools. If the chick is lethargic, you have additional evidence something is wrong.

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