toe and feet pecking

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Hiedi, Jun 11, 2008.

  1. Hiedi

    Hiedi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can anyone recommend some antibiotic cream or ointment to go on several of my pullets (four week old) toes and feet. I just noticed while outside with them that the smallest one had a couple of small scabs (nothing too bad) on the front of its feet; and I noticed that a couple others have smaller areas as well. I suspect this is caused from pecking because I have seen them peck each other's feet, especially while on the roost. The other day, I noticed a small drop of blood in the brooder that did not appear to be in the poop. Even after examining each pullet, I could not figure out where the blood came from; so I guess now I know. I have some Neosporin on hand. Is Neosporin safe to use on a chick of this age? Thanks in advance. [​IMG]
     
  2. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    You can use neosporin, and while treating them try to find the cause of the pecking. Any sign of parasites on legs? Too crowded?

    I'm sure others with more experience will be able to assist. Do you have a photo?[​IMG]
     
  3. Hiedi

    Hiedi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hope the pictures are helpful. The ones that are affected are my three Barred Rocks. I have not noticed any places on my three Rhode Island Reds. This one has a place on both feet:

    http://www.backyardpixels.com/images/feet.jpg


    These are the other two which have smaller places on the toes.

    http://www.backyardpixels.com/images/feet2.jpg

    http://www.backyardpixels.com/images/feet3.jpg

    My six chicks are on my screened in front porch right now in a wire dog crate that I converted into a temporary brooder. They seem very happy to be there in the day time, but at night they start becoming very nervous. The only solution that I can think of is to put them back into the original brooder at night; this seems to calm them down. However, my three Rhode Island Reds seem to be afraid of the dark all of a sudden; this problem just started occurring over the last few days. I have been putting a flashlight on the top the brooder to calm them down. It takes some time for them to adjust to light changes. The Barred Rocks just sit on the roost and do not seem to be bothered by light changes. I am still using a heat lamp at night.
     

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