Baby chick smells like tomato soup


In the Brooder
May 9, 2017
Seattle, WA
Hello cohorts,
First time chicken owner here. I have 3 chicks that are about 1ish weeks old. I pick them up and hold them every day to get them used to me handling them, and I noticed today that my most beloved chick (her name is Mary Anne) was giving off a slight odor of tomato soup. I think it may be her breath. She's acting totally normal, except for she may be chirping *slightly* louder than normal. She's also extremely sassy, so it might just be her personality coming through more as she gets older. It's probably nothing, but I want to be the best chicken owner I can, and if this is the beginning signs of something serious, I want to take care of it immediately. I've searched the web, and previous forums and haven't been able to find any information. They don't really get any extra food besides their chick feed, chick grit and every couple of days I'll put a small clump of grass and dirt in their brooder to pick through. Anyhoo, if that raises any red flags with anyone, I'd love to hear your input.


9 Years
Mar 12, 2012
Middle Georgia
How's your chick doing? What a strange thing to smell like. I have no clue what it could be, but I was wondering if it turned out to be anything.

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