Just got a couple barred rock chicks from the local feed store. I grew up on a cattle farm and enjoyed my egg picking duties as a child. I'm looking to give my son the same opportunity. He is 3 and LOVES the new peeps! Which is awesome BUT has also led to our first boo boo lol one of the chicks had a rough case of pasty butt so I told my son to watch them but don't touch while I go get some q-tips and a bowl of warm water to get the poo off the baby chic... I returned to a pasty butt-free chic with a bald spot for a down!! It's not that bad but definitely a tiny bald spot. I'm sure it will grow back and yes I cleaned it up and my brooding box is toasty and dry. I was hoping to possibly let him show one of them at the parish fair in a year or two, will her down be affected any by the time she is an older hen? Thanks!