hen w/ 1 wk old chicks--unable to keep clean

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chicks4fun, Nov 6, 2010.

  1. chicks4fun

    chicks4fun Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a young hen who hatched 7 chicks (unplanned) a week ago. I put her in a portable coop to keep her safe. Now that she is there with her babies I noticed her bottom is wet and not clean. I caught her and tried to clean her up with a paper towel but she is still a little messy.
    I know outside they take dust baths. Is that what she is missing? Can I take her out and just leave the peeps inside with a lamp or is it bad to separate them? I don't want her or her babies to get sick.
    Any ideas???
    THANKS
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Can you wait til the warmest part of the day, give her a bath and dry her with a hair dryer, then get her back quickly? This would also give you a chance to examine her more closely. Those chicks are so young you'd probably have to use a heat lamp while she's gone.
     
  3. chicks4fun

    chicks4fun Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks, I didn't think to use a hair dryer. I was able to get her out and I did put in a light for the chicks. She took a dust bath and seems a little better but I do want to check it out to be sure.
     

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