I have been excited to finally have a small flock of chickens again. I have fond memories of the chickens my parents had on their small farm growing up.
Then I started reading all I could get my hands on because I wanted to make sure I was well informed and to see if what I remember is correct or if methods have changed much. I never heard the term pasty butt until I read these forums, but my parents never had chicks shipped either, If they needed to add some hens they just let a broody raise some up.
I find myself wishing I had more then 3/4 of an acre and could have a rooster. I can tell that I lean more towards the old school of raising chickens where most people now seem to treat them like pets. I want my chickens to feel safe and friendly towards me, but I don't think I need to cuddle them. For those that hold their chickens please don't take offense we all have our own way of doing things I was just surprised because I never thought people cuddled chickens. My grandkids will probably take care of the cuddling for me. :)
After reading about pasty butt last night I decided that I had better check my chicks this morning. I have had them since yesterday afternoon and they all seemed to have a little poop stuck to their fur. I couldn't tell if it was blocking their holes so I ended up washing their little butts with a wash cloth. I think this may have been more stressful then leaving the poop.... How often do you all check butts? I would think the presence of poop on the paper towels will tell me if they are blocked? I think this may end up being a good use for the paper towels that I read I should use.
This sight is great. I just wish I didn't read something then get worried that I am not doing something right. I got up 2 times last night and went out to the coop to check on the chicks. They were fine, but I guess I just needed reassurance. The temp under the heat lamp is keeping steady at 92-93 and it is about 78-80 on the other side of the box so they can move where they are comfortable. I guess after a couple of weeks I will be more confident in my care and not worry so much.
Thanks for listening to my worried rant.