I was holding an EE chick (not sure of age, but probably around 4 weeks?) and I noticed she had a black thing on the pad of one foot. I thought it was just a crusty piece of poop, so I tried to knock it off...and it was attached. It's a round, thick, black scab. Her other foot has a cracked spot on it. I checked the feet of the other chicks, and the other EE pullet has something similar starting on her feet but there isn't a large scab yet. The naked neck chick also has a cracked spot but not a black scab yet. Why is this happening? Is it because they are on wire in a rabbit cage brooder? There are shavings right under the wire, they've just pushed through the bottom in between the cage and the floor so the chicks are mostly standing on wire. I left it because it was nice to have their poops fall through. I guess I'll line it and top it up with shavings to keep them off the wire. But the other chicks are perfectly fine. Oddly, the three pullet chicks have cracked feet and the three roosters are fine. What should I do to their feet? I slathered them with neosporin and then coated them with unpetroleum. I looked up bumblefoot and what I read said to rip off the scab, stop the bleeding, coat with neosporin, then bandage and put terramycin in the water for five days. Is this correct? I'm so scared to rip off the scab. On the feet that just have cuts, is it alright to just keep putting neosporin and unpetroleum on them? There is no scab to rip for them... I feel so bad. My poor little chicks must be in pain!