My chicks are getting poop on themselves!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by BrynnRDH, Mar 11, 2011.

  1. BrynnRDH

    BrynnRDH In the Brooder

    Mar 10, 2011
    I have three chicks about a week old, and they are starting to get poop stuck in their fuzz. Not pasty butt, but poop on their backs or necks. They must be laying in it or pooping on each other! Should I wash them off, or will it hurt them?
  2. h8snags

    h8snags Chirping

    Feb 23, 2011
    Murray, UT
    I have the same problem! Mine are a week old also.. I just get a paper towel wet with warm water and wipe it off, they don't much like it, but I don't want to see the poop all over them! It takes a minute, but it does come off! Hope that helps!
  3. xyresicchick

    xyresicchick Songster

    Mar 5, 2010
    Providence, RI
    poop on them wont hurt them. and they will outgrow their fuzz in 2 weeks and start growing in real feathers so dont worry too much about it [​IMG]
  4. Keara

    Keara Songster

    Sep 24, 2009
    What do you have on the floor of the brooder? Maybe it is time for pine shavings? This will absorb the poop a bit better and the little guys won't get as dirty as quickly.

    I find I must change paper towels 2 - 3 times a day when they are on them. [​IMG]

    Also they may need a bigger brooder more space might keep them from playing in their poop. [​IMG]

  5. poultry guy

    poultry guy In the Brooder

    Mar 11, 2011
    Washing poop of a chick will NOT hurt it however it is only neccesary when it is stuck on there butt and therefore must be washed of right away because it could result in death.
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    A little poop never hurt anyone. Washing a chick that may get chilled from the bath is far more dangerous.

    Offer them something to dustbath in, a pan of sand or loose dirt. They'll take care of their poopy feathers.
  7. farmgirl36

    farmgirl36 Hatching

    Mar 11, 2011
    I have had chickens over 20 years.

    I just bought new peeps today and several had poop stuck. this will prevent them from pooping if the poop covers the exit. You do not to get the bird wet as this can cause them to get sick as well. I will use the end of a paper towel to soften to poop and pull it off or just pull it off slowly. This will cause the feather to be pulled out but will not hurt your bird.
  8. BrynnRDH

    BrynnRDH In the Brooder

    Mar 10, 2011
    Thank you everyone for your advice! I do have pine shavings down now, so they might need a bigger brooder. The poop doesn't really bother me, I just don't want them wearing it if it's unhealthy, which it sounds like it's not.

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