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Bathtime?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Chicken_whisperer, Jun 18, 2008.

  1. Chicken_whisperer

    Chicken_whisperer Out Of The Brooder

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    I gave my 5-week-old chicks some yogurt this morning, and they ate it like there was no tomarrow![​IMG]
    But in the process, everyone got sticky, and now their feathers are hard and covered in pine shavings! Is it safe to give them a bath? If so, how do I go about doing it on something so small? (They are bantams chicks)
    I really don't want to / can't just leave them all sticky and messy! Does anyone have any suggestions?
     
  2. cyanne

    cyanne Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have given my chicks baths before (the older ones, not the tinies) and they were fine with it. I was just really cautious to avoid getting water around their face so they didn't inhale any of it.

    Oh, and afterwards I used a hair dryer on the warm setting to dry their feathers out so they wouldn't catch a chill.

    They were surprisingly calm about the bathing and they actually LOVED the drying part. They sat on the edge of the tub and made happy little sounds and let me lift their wings and dry underneath with no fuss at all.

    It was a nice bonding experience and the best part was that they smelled so nice and clean and looked shiny afterwards!
     
  3. MiniDriver

    MiniDriver Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine just roll around in the dirt. Surprisingly, it gets them clean!
     

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