Can you bathe 6 week old chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by smfarman, May 25, 2019.

  1. smfarman

    smfarman Chirping

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    Iam in Florida and humidity is high and my 6 week old chicks look like their feathers are mated or is this normal?
    I have been putting them outside during the day in a chicken tractor then bring them inside a barn at night.
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  2. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Crossing the Road

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    Looks like they may have been playing with their water. You could make a dust bath for them to "bathe" themselves. Did they get into something? Is it greasy? Or wet?
     
  3. smfarman

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    Just wet
     
  4. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Crowing

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    I would not bathe them - dry them off gently with a towel if they're soaked. Definitely looks like they've been playing with water and the water looks like it's at ground level, so I would elevate it on some bricks.

    How much space is in your brooder or tractor, whichever they're getting wet in? I find that chicks will tend to knock waterers over or jostle them enough to spill if there isn't ample room for them to stretch their wings and run around.
     
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    smfarman Chirping

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    When they are inside it seems that there is less room than it was 2 weeks ago, I can raise the water up and I need to finish the coop up this weekend and move them into it, it is an 8' x 12' coop with an 8' x 12' run
     
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  6. AmyJane725

    AmyJane725 Songster

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    Probably better not to bathe them. If it's already super humid it's going to be really difficult for them to dry out.
     
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  7. smfarman

    smfarman Chirping

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    Thank you, I agree , I'll try to just towel dry them then
     
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  8. AmyJane725

    AmyJane725 Songster

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    You might even take a hair dryer to them on low heat if they're still wet tomorrow.
     
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    smfarman Chirping

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    Thank you, but Iam not sure about the hair dryer it's going be 94 degrees today
     
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  10. AmyJane725

    AmyJane725 Songster

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    Oh geez. Yeah, probably not. I don't know if they'd like some moving air that's not heated. You don't want to chill them obviously, but I don't know what the odds of that are if it's 94 out. We need an emoji for melting. Ugh. Poor things. I guess just towel/paper towel/kleenex dry them to the best of your abilities and let us know how it goes. Others might have better suggestions.
     
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