Feathers stuck in clumps HELP

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by perlover48, Jul 24, 2016.

  1. perlover48

    perlover48 Out Of The Brooder

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    My few day old mottled cochin bantam fell into the water feeder. (I wasnt there when it happened) I know this because her breast fluff and underside wont fluff back up. It is conpletely dry but its just in clumps. Idk if this is bad for her health or not. It looks really wierd and I dont want her to be unconfortable. Is there any way to have it fluff up again.

    Btw this happened yesterday so I thought id leave it a day and still not fluffy.
     
  2. Ghull00

    Ghull00 Just Hatched

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    From my own experience, the chicks feather/fluff formation will naturally reshape so I guess it will be the same for yours! :) As long as its dry, it will be fine. perhaps put the drinker on something to stop it happening again? Hope this helps....GHULL
     
  3. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It would only get fluffy is mama hen preened it back into fluffiness for the chick...they don't really do self-grooming much at that age. As long as the brooder is warm, it's just a cosmetic issue for now.
     
  4. Choco Maran

    Choco Maran Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you want you can preen the chick yourself. This way the chick looks good again. Otherwise just leave it alone.
     

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