two spots of blood on one of my babies

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jeannieo, May 16, 2009.

  1. jeannieo

    jeannieo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Last Monday I was given ten 1 week old EEs and two BOs. [​IMG] I have them in the coop in a 16 gallon metal wash tub with chicken wire over half of the top and a board over the other half with a 125 watt heat lamp about 18-22" over them. They seem to be very lively, eating, drinking and just being as cute as 12 little buttons. The issue is when I went out a little while ago, one of the BOs has two spots of blood on him, one on his breast and one by a wing. They seem to be growing as I look at them and am wondering if the tub is now too small for the twelve babies. Could he be being picked on? Should I separate? Make a bigger brooder? Sit out there 24/7 and guard him? [​IMG] These are my very first chicks, my first chickens being a full grown flock given to me last fall. Looking for advice please, from all you more experienced chicken keepers! [​IMG]
     
  2. Polish Chickens

    Polish Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pics of the chick that has blood could be provided if you could
     
  3. jeannieo

    jeannieo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    here are some photos and there's actually 3 spots and after looking again, I think I've answered my own question. I think he's being picked on. Now what do I do? [​IMG]

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  4. Polish Chickens

    Polish Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From the look of it I think it could be the bite marks of a cat. Where do you keep your chicks at? And where are you located at so I can know what predators are in your area
     
  5. jeannieo

    jeannieo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    definitely not a cat or a predator. the chicks are locked up in the coop which I have made into a chicken Fort Knox. The door is locked and the full grown hens are in the other part of the coop blocked off from the chicks and the babies are in a wash tub with chicken wire and a board on top.
     
  6. Polish Chickens

    Polish Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd seperate the chick as it seems that it could be cannibalisim among them
     

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