Why are my chicks plucking each others feathers off

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Baruch, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. Baruch

    Baruch Out Of The Brooder

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    I walked in my chicks coop one day and I saw my chicks were getting plucked by my other chicks I have 8 chicks and 5 of them are bald on both sides of their necks I have a very big coop. I let them out for the whole day but I put them back in night. I hung a cabbage. I put viniger and salt in their drinking water.I give them scrambled eggs every day. BUT THEY STILL DO IT. Is there anything I can do or feed them if so please write thank you so much:(
     
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  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    The most common causes of this are said to be too little protein, boredom, and too little space. Since you seem to have the others covered, I'd look at the protein content of their feed.
     
  3. Baruch

    Baruch Out Of The Brooder

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    What has the most protein
     
  4. klmclain1

    klmclain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Canned catfood works great. And they LOVE it.
     
  5. Baruch

    Baruch Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you so much let's hope it works
     
  6. Baruch

    Baruch Out Of The Brooder

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    Can pine tar work?
     
  7. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    Plus now that they've started that nasty behavior it may be a habit. I would observe carefully and see if you can find the instigator/s and pull them out. See if the rest of the flock settles down. It can be very hard to break this once they get into the habit.

    Edited to add: What is their main food? Are they getting chick starter?
     
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  8. Baruch

    Baruch Out Of The Brooder

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    I got all of the bad ones in the separate cage and I'm feeding them crumble can u Please give me some advise
     
  9. Baruch

    Baruch Out Of The Brooder

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    I got all of the bad ones in the separate cage and I'm feeding them crumble can u Please give me some advise
     
  10. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    By bad ones do you mean the ones that got pecked? How old are these chicks?

    If you are feeding them starter plus scrambled egg every day they shouldn't have a protein problem I wouldn't think.
     

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