Chicks with Patchy Undersides

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Amanda9967, Mar 26, 2016.

  1. Amanda9967

    Amanda9967 New Egg

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    Hello, everyone! I'm very excited to join and am so sad my first post is a worrisome one but I want to make sure our chicks are okay. We purchased our first 6 chicks and 2 ducklings. The ducklings are doing great. The chicks seem fine too, but today I noticed that three of them have a crusty, patchy belly/underside. Even with hanging the water they seem to always spill it. I clean the brooder out one, sometimes twice, a day. What could be causing the irritation? Is the brooder too wet when they decide to take a dip?
     
  2. LeafBlade12345

    LeafBlade12345 Chillin' With My Peeps


    :welcome So glad you joined our flock! Make sure that the chicks aren't picking on each other and that the ducks aren't bothering them. I wouldn't let them get into the water at all. Strap it to the wall if you have to, chilling can kill them. Can you post a picture of their undersides? It may also be pasty butt if it is near their vent or they seem constipated. Molasses in their water can act as a laxative for them if so. Hoping your chicks improve! Good luck!

    Regards,
    Leaf
     
  3. Amanda9967

    Amanda9967 New Egg

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    Here's a picture. Thanks for replying! [​IMG]
     
  4. LeafBlade12345

    LeafBlade12345 Chillin' With My Peeps


    Looking at the photo, I think he looks fine. If he is a Cornish X, then they often have less feathers on their bellies. What breed is he? Good luck!

    Regards,
    Leaf

    Edited for spelling mistake
     
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2016

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