Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by diamond g, Jan 22, 2015.

  1. diamond g

    diamond g In the Brooder

    Mar 17, 2013
    Brand new 3gal waterer leaked in my brooder and i now have 10 yucky week old broiler chicks (fair project) i have cleaned and replaced the bedding and the chicks are dty and warm under the heat lamp but their down is stiff and yucky from dried crumbles. Im afraid to wash them and stress them out (or get them chilled) they went right back to eating when i put them back in the brooder but now are resting (at a week old they already seem to get into lazy mode) do i risk washing them? Try to brush out what i can with a soft toothbrush? Or leave them alone?

    It will be in the mid 50s tonite, low 70s tomorrow (but damp due to rain) and high 50s tomorrow night. Cold will return saturday with highs in the 50s and lows in the 30s
  2. Coles FreshEggs

    Coles FreshEggs In the Brooder

    Aug 19, 2013
    Ipswich, Ma
    They should be fine, get what you can off, but don't put them through the stress of a full washing.
  3. Wxguru

    Wxguru Chirping

    Sep 2, 2014
    They will be fine...just a bit messy. Find a way to secure the will happen again...I promise! I just had 12 week old chicks knock their waterer over last night....I had the same mess minus the crumbles. They all fluttered everywhere when it fell over after someone tried to roost on
  4. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    They'll clean each other up, believe it or not. Chickens can't resist nibbling dried food off each other. If any crustiness remains, in just a couple more weeks, they will be starting to lose their down anyway.

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