runt with a couple of featherless spots

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by duckidaho, Mar 14, 2009.

  1. duckidaho

    duckidaho Out Of The Brooder

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    We have a black sex link that is a little smaller and seems to have a bare spot in her feathers. All of the sex links are smaller than the other breeds, but this one is even smaller than her friends. Seems like she has a bare spot. about 10 days old. Any insight? Maybe I can try to get a picture later.
     
  2. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    I was wondering about the same thing. Mine are 5 weeks old now and the runt seems to be quite bare in patches.
     
  3. duckidaho

    duckidaho Out Of The Brooder

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    Is it just a thing with the black sex-links? All my other chicks look perfect.
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    If the feather loss is from being picked on by the other chicks, you can try applying a deterrent. I used pine tar when my runt was being picked on with great success.
    Please be sure and offer a second feeder. The little ones can be kept away from the feeder by the bigger chicks and starve. In addition to having a second feeder I took my runt chick aside every day and gave her a feeding all to herself. It helped her catch up.
     

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