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a few chicks with a couple questions

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by redbugs13, Mar 24, 2009.

  1. redbugs13

    redbugs13 In the Brooder

    Mar 13, 2009
    Southwest Washington
    I got a 6 chicks over the weekend... (I've had chicks before, but still have a couple questions) I also have 2 ducklings with the chicks.... I read somewhere that ducklings should get some greens to eat... are the chicks ok to eat bits of greens? Also, when the bedding is getting wet from the water, the their chests are getting wet when they sit down and their fuzz is sticking together... should I bathe them and dry them good when this happens, or just let it be?

    Thanks for your input.

  2. lisahaschickens

    lisahaschickens Songster

    Feb 25, 2009
    Vancouver, WA
    I am not knowledgeable on this topic, but I do keep reading that it's better not to keep ducks and chicks together because the ducks make a big, wet mess out of everything and that can be really bad for the chicks.

    As for the greens, how old are the babies? Chicks can have grass clippings and things from the brassica (cabbage) family like cabbage, kale, broccoli, etc., at about 3 days, but they can cause loose droppings and pasty butt at that age, so most people recommend waiting at least a couple of weeks.
  3. lisahaschickens

    lisahaschickens Songster

    Feb 25, 2009
    Vancouver, WA
    p.s. if you do freed greens to the chicks, they will need chick grit in order to digest them.

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