Any way to prevent poop balling up on their toes?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by sheeshshe, Mar 25, 2012.

  1. sheeshshe

    sheeshshe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am having a terrible time with this and I"m not sure why. I raised chicks before, the same way as I'm doing it right now, and didn't have any problem with their toes building up poop into a pea like ball! I had to soak 3 chicks for 20 min this afternoon to peel the balls of poo off. it was so difficult! Is there any way to prevent this?
     
  2. LaynaDon95

    LaynaDon95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had that problem with mine for the first few days. I use a sheet as bedding for the first 3 days or so then switch to sand. As soon as i switched to sand, it quit happening. Maybe you should change your bedding? How often do you clean out the brooder?
     
  3. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    I use"puppy pads" for the first few days, just putting new ones on top of the soiled ones as needed. Then I switch to pine shavings or pelleted pine horse bedding (which smells much better and is less dusty).
     
  4. sheeshshe

    sheeshshe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We're using pine shavings. I haven't changed it yet since I just got them 2 days ago and it didn't look messy. It looked really clean, I had it pretty thick. I guess I'll change it tomorrow! Hopeully that will help.
     

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