3 week old chick look shabby

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by abbynormal323, Mar 26, 2017.

  1. abbynormal323

    abbynormal323 Hatching

    Mar 26, 2017
    I have a dozen chicks. Currently in the house in a black storage tote with wood shaving water good feed and a heat lamp. They all have been doing great but now look bad because they have been perching on the feed and water and pooping on each other. Should i clean them? If so how?

  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Howdy from Kansas and :welcome! Pleased you joined our flock. How big is the tote and how big are the chicks! If they are too crowded what you are describing is often the result. Might be time to up the size of their accommodations. Here's a link to a thread that discusses raising baby chicks: https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-and-raising-chicks
    And you can chat with some local poultry folks in your state thread in this link: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/270925/find-your-states-thread
    Good luck to you and thanks for joining BYC! :)
  3. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    redsoxs makes a good point...their brooder may be too small for them. The guidelines I've read say to give each chick 1/2 to 1 sq. feet in the brooder.

    Best of luck to you!
  4. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.

    Sounds like their brooder may be too small or may need to be cleaned more frequently.

  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Also they will be trying out their flying skills, so need a wire top on the brooder. It will keep them from falling or flying out and getting lost /chilled. It will also offer some protection from house pets and other disasters waiting to happen.
  6. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under abbynormal323 [​IMG] Welcome!

    As you have already received some good advice and links to some great starting points, I will just wish you all the best.

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]

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