silverwing0904

In the Brooder
11 Years
Jun 4, 2008
34
1
22
Lately my baby chicks have been really starting to stink.
Is it ok to bathe them and if so how?
 

Jenski

Songster
11 Years
Jun 17, 2008
2,177
18
181
Middle Tennessee
Little ones should not really stink (but their brooder might). Are they getting covered with poo? If that is the case, and if you are also using shavings, you might turn the shavings with a cat litter scoop every day, and change it out completely every 4-5 days or per week if it really needs it. How many do you have in what size brooder?

And . . . the only other thing I can think of that might stink besides poo would be an infection of some sort. If you hold one up near you and take a sniff of its face/beak and it smells bad - - like infection - - then you might have a more serious problem. I am not seeing any folks with this issue on very young chicks, though.

Please keep us posted. Hope that helps!
 

txchickie

Songster
11 Years
Nov 15, 2008
1,405
12
161
Texas
It's gotta be the brooder, they shouldn't stink?

Man, I would have some maaaad chickies if I tried to bathe them LOL!
 

CityClucks

The Center of a 50 Mile Radius
10 Years
Jan 31, 2009
4,041
4
223
Tulsa, OK
Chicks are so RUDE! They don't bother to walk around another peep in the brooder...no, they just step on top of her. And they poop on each other...that's when I take one out and bathe her. Poor peeps - having to live with other rude peeps.
 

melissastraka

Songster
10 Years
Feb 26, 2009
1,016
1
161
Hoquiam, WA
I have done it once but not on purpose. I was "wiping a fuzzy butt"
and he fell into the sink, unclogged of course. It was so cute to see him next to the fuzzy ones in the brooder...i should have got a picture! He wasnt happy with me...
 

jvls1942

Free Ranging
11 Years
Oct 16, 2008
12,296
5,861
581
wausau,wisconsin
do not bathe chicks. it won't be long and they will start to preen their own feathers..

I will lay 10 to 1 your brooder needs cleaning..

we clean our in house brooder daily
 

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