What happened??

NorthChicken

Songster
6 Years
Jul 9, 2013
197
25
106
Caribou, Maine (almost in Canada!)
Chicks went outdoors today in the run. I sat outside with them in the run for about an hour, just watching them explore, eat bugs, dust bathe. They happily peeped and seemed to be quite content. I even had their ecoglow in there just in case they got chilled (it was sunny about about 73 degrees).

I left them there for about an hour, and kept somewhat of an eye on them from the deck. Didn't hear any distress peeps, they all seemed perfectly happy to be enjoying the outdoors and the sunshine.

I went out to bring them back in about half an hour later and found one of them with a nasty, bloody vent. All the others were attacking the vent area. I quickly scooped up the chick, checked the others for bloody vents (there were none) and brought her inside to clean her up and devise a plan of where to keep her while healing. In this time (about 15 minutes) I went back out to find yet ANOTHER chick with a bloody vent. I had checked all chicks before bringing in the first and they were fine, so this happened while I was dealing with the first chick.

What happened?? Why did they do this? Were they stressed at being outside for too long? Why would it happen to two different chicks in such a short amount of time?

They are all now back in the indoor brooder and seem fine.
I put some blue kote on both of them after cleaning them up, and they are now in together in a separate tote with a heat lamp. I am terrified it is going to happen again! When can they go back in the other brooder? You can't see the red wound anymore, just dark purple/blue butts!

Ugh, so discouraged that this is going to be an issue.
 

write2caroline

Songster
10 Years
Jun 21, 2009
2,156
83
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Jacksonville
I could have been the chick ate something that caused issues. I think you might want to post this under emergencies and see if someone can offer you a treatment.

Hope the chick is okay.

Caroline
 

NorthChicken

Songster
6 Years
Jul 9, 2013
197
25
106
Caribou, Maine (almost in Canada!)
Found the culprit. I brought them back outdoors today and it literally only took about 3 seconds for the light brahma to start pecking crazily at the rest of the flocks vents (the other two wounded ones, who are doing fine by the way, were left inside). I mean, she didn't even take time to look around the run, scratch for bugs, dust bathe, it was like she was obsessing over the other chicks vents.

I removed her and have her by herself right now...but have no idea what to do. I don't trust her, do I cull a 2 week old chick? I don't want her teaching this behavior to the rest of the flock, and I sure don't want her causing more injuries.
 
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write2caroline

Songster
10 Years
Jun 21, 2009
2,156
83
218
Jacksonville
It is entirely up to you. They will peck at each other and don't ever wear flip flops in the run area if your toenails are bright red. They will peck at your feet.

I am glad you found the culprit and you can stop it from hurting the other chicks. I have never had a chick injure another but maybe someone else can comment.

Caroline
 

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