3 week old chicks in wet shavings for a day


May 27, 2017
My family and I were out of town for the weekend, and the little girls I hired (with a little help from their mom) to take care of my animals said that the chicks knocked over their waterer, but it had all dried up. After coming home mid-day today, I see that my poor little chickies were living in a soaked brooder :( The shavings were wet all the way to the floor. I got them out, let them play outside like they typically do each day, and cleaned out the brooder. I removed the wet shavings, cleaned everything with Lysol wipes, and put down fresh shavings. The girls all still look great, but I'm wondering how worried I should be about their health after 24 hours or so of living in a wet mess?


Crossing the Road
7 Years
Sep 29, 2014
New Zealand
I wouldn't worry too much, as long as their food was dry and they look healthy. Keep an eye on them just in case anyway but I doubt it will negatively affect them. If they were knee deep in a sea of wet poop (ie. really dirty living conditions) I'd say you might have to worry about Coccidiostat, but if it was just wet shavings and a little poop (we all know how they are poop machines!) they should be just fine.

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