Grubby chicks -- do I need to clean them up?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by lceh, Apr 17, 2009.

  1. lceh

    lceh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 15, 2008
    Central Virginia
    I have 6 sweet little white Wyandotte bantams who are 5 days old. They're so cute and yellow, but they are still kind of grubby from hatching and shipping. One of them even has a tiny piece of eggshell stuck on its wing (which I actually find kind of endearing). Other than cleaning up their pasty bottoms, I haven't wanted to risk them getting chilled or traumatized by bathing them at such a tender age. Before they go in the big brooder with the others, though, I wonder if I should clean them up so they don't offer so many pecking "targets" for the older chicks. How do you clean up little ones? Or will they eventually take care of the problem on their own once they figure out how to groom themselves? It's only my little yellow chickies who seem to have this problem.
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2009
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    That is interesting because it is my white leghorns that have grubby issues too. I just hold them and lightly pick at it. If it is really stuck, I used a soft cloth with warm water and slowly lightly brush it off.

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