Cleaning poop off chick feathers!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by EldritchAcres, Mar 12, 2018.

  1. EldritchAcres

    EldritchAcres In the Brooder

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    Hello!

    This is my third time raising baby chicks, and this is the first time I've had messy babies! I don't know if it's because I have two turkeys with my 4 chicks but even with frequent bedding changes there is poop on everyone! This is more specifically on the turkeys, they're 3 weeks old and one of them in particular always has poop all over his chest. A few of the baby chicks some how have poop on their back feathers. Any advice on how to best clean these poopy babies?!

    Thanks!
     
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  2. Cyprus

    Cyprus Master of the 'never give up' attitude

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    Just give them a bath in warm water, and scrub it off. Blow dry them, on low heat and low power.

    Do you have enough space in your brooder?
     
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  3. sylviethecochin

    sylviethecochin Free Ranging

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    I've heard that the best way to go about it is to smear coconut oil on the packed poop and let it soak in before gently removing it. It worked for me when my one little bantam peep had pasty butt.

    I've never tried water washing. I thought about it, and I think putting something as small as a chick into water would probably create the same sort of bone-deep chill that makes my wrists ache in winter.
     
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  4. ronott1

    ronott1 A chicken will always remember the egg

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    Luckily the time in the brooder is not that long!

    Great advice on cleaning them
     
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  5. EldritchAcres

    EldritchAcres In the Brooder

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    Yep, it's about the size of an x-large dog crate (which I keep it in for double security inside the house from cats). I clean it 4 times a week. I'll try out the warm water and low blow drying. I wanted to use a damp cloth but I didn't want to get them too wet. I didn't think about how to dry them. Thanks!!
     
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  6. EldritchAcres

    EldritchAcres In the Brooder

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    I'll give that a shot if I find any packed on! It's mostly smeared. Thanks!

    And yess, I'm glad brooder time is pretty short. The guineas are going outside this week, and the chicks are mostly feathered. The marans seem to be taking longer.
     
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