Chick Baths?

1girl2chicks

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Can baby chicks, less than 1 week old, take some sort of bath? My two chicks have poop stains on their butts and I just want to clean them some how. Any suggestions? Or leave them a little dirty? hmmm
 

PoultryGirly

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I wouldn't give them a bath at their young age, but you could wet a wash cloth with warm water and rub the poo off with that.
 

3riverschick

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Can baby chicks, less than 1 week old, take some sort of bath? My two chicks have poop stains on their butts and I just want to clean them some how. Any suggestions? Or leave them a little dirty? hmmm
Take a very soft cloth or quilted paper towel and dampen it with warm water (no soap). Carefully clean the poop off their butts. No scrubbing needed. Watch to see this is not pasty butt. A problem which happens when the poop cakes their anus. It results in the chick getting constipated because it cannot poop past the "plug".. Continued constupation can kill the chick. But if this is just staining from poop, clean it gently and don't worry about it. They are going o lose the down anyway when they get their juvenile feathering.
Best Regards,
Karen in western PA, USA
 

alb9202

In the Brooder
6 Years
Jan 30, 2013
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I used a combo of cotton balls and q-tips to clean their poop butts. Don't pull on the poop as their vents tend to be sensitive. I used a cotton ball drenched with water and hold it on their poopy bottom for a few moments to soften the poop, if it didn't loosen up to come off q-tips come in handy. Wet it and gently turn it on the poop. If it doesn't fully come off ensure the vent is clear. Their feathers come in rather quick, ensure their bedding is cleaned regularly and they should stay relatively clean. My chicks love to dust bath, they naturally clean them selves!
 
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