Wing Bones?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ilovechickens, Mar 27, 2009.

  1. ilovechickens

    ilovechickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2008
    West Central Wisconsin
    My chicks are 3 weeks old, and they are feathering out, some of their upper wing bone's look bare, is this normal, and should I put red lights in their brooder so they don't think that they can pick? Right now I have 2 250 heat lights, and 1 250 heat light, they are outside and it is cold here. [​IMG]
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Yes it's normal for some chicks to feather out slowly across the wing bows. It's really normal with some baby roos [​IMG]
    If you are having a problem with pecking red lights can help.
  3. Jenski

    Jenski Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 17, 2008
    Middle Tennessee
    Some of mine look awful, like they ran through a lawn mower. It can vary depending on breed, but expect bare spots until they are a bit older. It's always a good idea to observe their behavior, and gritsar makes a great suggestion re. red lights to make sure everything's mellow in the brooder.

    Hope that helps!

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