Well, that''s not actually bad advice at all. They need to be kept warm, especially in their first week or so when pasty butt usually occurs. If their whole body stays soaking wet, they are likely to get chilled. They don't dry quickly on their own. Those little fuzzy butts, just the butt area, dont have a lot of fuzz on them the first few days, and may not have much at all if it's been pulled away with dried poop. Maybe I should warn people not to let them get chilled, but to pat them dry and be sure they are warm enough. Or maybe I should specify to hold just their butt under the warm water, not the whole chick. You could even use a hair dryer on a low setting to dry them afterward, though it would be easy to overdo this, too, and I always found just patting dry was enough to get that almost bare area dry.Hello, I'm new to BYC and I'm also about to get my First baby chicks within a week. At a local "raising chickens 101" class I attended it was mentioned you shouldn't get chicks wet as they just won't dry off and get very sick or die. Mostly the advice was for keeping an eye on the waterer and make sure chicks can't go in it an drown...so based on your advice it is Ok to rinse their butts, correct?