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Poop stuck on chick's toes?

post #1 of 5
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Baby Madge, our Barred Rock bantam, seems to have some clumps of poop stuck to her toes.  All of the other chicks (regular size) have very clean feet. Should I worry?  How does one clean a 3 week old chick's feet?

post #2 of 5

with a washcloth, soap, and warm water.  Just like you would a child's or your own.

ETA:  or you could just dampen a paper towel or toilet tissue & gently clean off the poop.


Edited by crtrlovr - 9/4/08 at 6:52pm
Momma loves her babies!  8 cats, 45 inside birds, 3 guineas,  RIRs, BRs,  BOs ,  Lorpie girls, Golden Comets, OEGB  BBreds, bantam frizzle cochins,  3 white Silkies, EEs, some silkie/cochin mixes, silkie/frizzles, ducks (3 white Pekins, 1 buff Saxony & 1 Silver Appleyard), and 1 Blue Slate turkey who thinks she's a chicken...   (did I miss anyone?...)  Nope!  Now let's all have pie. 
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Momma loves her babies!  8 cats, 45 inside birds, 3 guineas,  RIRs, BRs,  BOs ,  Lorpie girls, Golden Comets, OEGB  BBreds, bantam frizzle cochins,  3 white Silkies, EEs, some silkie/cochin mixes, silkie/frizzles, ducks (3 white Pekins, 1 buff Saxony & 1 Silver Appleyard), and 1 Blue Slate turkey who thinks she's a chicken...   (did I miss anyone?...)  Nope!  Now let's all have pie. 
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post #3 of 5

Or you could dip her feet in some warm shallow water in a sink and rinse them off?

Colleen
EE, Australorp, Silkies, Showgirls, Bantam Cochin, WCB Polish, D'Anver, Mille Fleur and Porcelain D'Uccles, Bantam Salmon Faverolles, some interesting mixes, Nigerian Dwarf Goats, Persians and Maine Coon Cat, Ducks, and Sebastopol Geese.

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Colleen
EE, Australorp, Silkies, Showgirls, Bantam Cochin, WCB Polish, D'Anver, Mille Fleur and Porcelain D'Uccles, Bantam Salmon Faverolles, some interesting mixes, Nigerian Dwarf Goats, Persians and Maine Coon Cat, Ducks, and Sebastopol Geese.

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post #4 of 5
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Well, I wondered about that and figured it would be about as much fun as washing a cat!  But if others have done it, it must be doable. 

Another question -- do bantams tend to develop their mature coloring more slowly?  The regular sized BRs are much further along in the barring and feather development -- Baby Madge has barely got the first white stripe along the tips of her wings.

post #5 of 5

Try putting fresh grass once a week into the brooder too.  Mine all cleared up when that happened and no one has poopy feet now and they're growing healthy and strong.

31 yr old Male, American Citizen, AZ Native.  Married to an awesome woman, 1 beautiful daughter & one on the way, American Bulldog (Angus); Previous chicken owner & future hobby farmer.
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31 yr old Male, American Citizen, AZ Native.  Married to an awesome woman, 1 beautiful daughter & one on the way, American Bulldog (Angus); Previous chicken owner & future hobby farmer.
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