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Concerned About 2 Day Old Chicks

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I am the first time owner of a small flock of ten, two day old chicks! I am concerned they may have mites. They seem to be itching (pecking at themselves) quite regularly. One chick seemed to have the pasting up issue and as I cleaned her up I realized there was either a scab below the vent or more dried feces.
I am concerned that handling them too much is stressful for them but dont want to ignore possible issues either. Do I need to "comb over" each one to check for mites? Also I've heard others say they need to stay clean to prevent parasites, do I need to be regularly handling them to pick out any fecal matter that has stuck to their feathers? I'm happy to do so, I was just afraid of too much handeling!

Any advice would be much appreciated:) Thanks!
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Some chicks have a scab over where their umbilical cord was (below the vent), so don't pick at this spot. If you aren't sure if it is feces, then try soaking it off instead. Pasting up can kill a chick relatively quickly, so better for them the stress of handling to make sure this is addressed as quickly as possible. One of the most common causes of pasting is overheating, so check the temps in your brooder and make sure they have enough room to get away from the heat source to cool off if need be.

I am not sure what to do about mites--you can use the forum search function to find advice for mites in chicks if someone with experience does not respond here.
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Thanks so much for the advice. Pasting up has seemed to stop after monitoring and adjusting the temp more closely:) As for the notes I'm waiting that out as I haven't seen any other signs aside from the pecking which may just be normal?! I'll check them again in a day or so to see if what I thought was the scabs are still present or worsening.
Appreciate your response!
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