Sores on chicks backs

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by boogiedown, Jul 6, 2016.

  1. boogiedown

    boogiedown New Egg

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    I have four chicks and four adult hens. The chicks are about eight weeks old we put them out with the adults about two weeks ago. The hens are figuring out pecking order but the chicks no their place and avoid confrontation. Everything seemed reasonably okay with the chicks sticking together and staying out of the way. I pick the chicks up one by one almost every day to check on them and today I found two with feathers missing and some sores on their backs. The skin seemed firm where the feathers were missing. The seem to have no behavioral changes and no other indications of poor health. Please let me know what you think this might be and what I could possibly due to help them, thank you in advance!![​IMG][/IMG][/IMG]
     
  2. Outpost JWB

    Outpost JWB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just noticed your unanswered thread. How is the flock now? If you are still having issues, I would separate them from the older ones if you can. I think 8 weeks is still a bit too young. I generally integrate them around 4-5 months, but I also have several roosters.

    Also check the coop for mites and the feathers for lice. Lice can usually be seen at the shaft of the feathers. If they were bullied by the elders, I seen no blood or injuries from the pics posted.
     

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