Chick update. Please read!!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by 4 Georgia Hens, Mar 16, 2018.

  1. 4 Georgia Hens

    4 Georgia Hens Crowing

    Jan 3, 2017
    Northern Georgia
    Hello BYC peeps!
    I thought I would give y’all an update about my new silkie chicks!
    They are 1 week old today. Time with them as babies flies by SO fast!
    Anyways, yesterday we had a death:hit
    The one who died was very weak to begin with and could not walk. Tuesday I began giving it chick feed dissolved in water and homemade electrolytes. It seemed to be perking up; trying to stand even! But yesterday was a full day at my co-op, so I wasn’t able to give it the mixture. It was dead when I came home:hit:hit:hit
    I’m partially glad that the little one passed, just because I felt it was suffering. :oops:
    Okay, so now I have some QUESTIONS!!! :woot
    When can I let my babies play outside?
    I gave them a little tub of dirt to scratch around in and I am wondering if it will supply a sufficient amount of grit so I can give them treats?
    They have some poop crusted UNDERNEATH their little behinds. They can still poop, but sometimes it gets stuck on the crust. I was wondering how I can clean it off. I’ve already tried a warm wash cloth, but it is too crusty. Any suggestions?
    If you read all this: :celebrate:clap
    Please let me know of ANY ideas!
  2. Cyprus

    Cyprus Master of the 'never give up' attitude

    Jan 19, 2018
    SE Wisconsin
    My Coop
    Give them chick grit.
    Chicks can go outside at six weeks.
    Put some coconut oil on the dried poop, let it soak in for 10 minutes, and then gently pick it off with some tweezers or your fingers. That should do the trick.

    This condition is called "pasty butt" and needs to be monitored daily to prevent blockage of the vent.
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