hi - first time exposure to chickens - hatched eggs last week - incubator project with my daughter. we have 5 fluffy chicks - amazing to watch them get feathers each day - they are a week old this tuesday. We noticed today that 2 have diarrhea. I didn't think much of it, but did some web reading and now I'm concerned. It's 1am and here I am cleaning chicken butts in the sink *LOL* I did not sign up for this. I'm going to show my ignorance - I could read for days and still not be a chicken expert - and my daughter's asleep so she can't tell me I don't know what the vent is - guessing the female part? Anyway - I used warm water and paper towels - the feces on their butts is like concrete - couldn't break it apart with my fingernails either. On one, I couldn't break it up and it's still there - I think I saw the vent on that one but not the butt opening. On the other - I was able to free up the butt opening and could see the vent - but there's still feces caked on him. I only tried a short time - they were kinda stressed I thought. I don't know what I'm looking at or looking for - didn't want to pull and it be a body part under there. The squawking didn't help either My daughter has been changing the newspaper/paper towels at least three times a day. They are pooping all over their feed, she cleans that up too. I've got to go to bed - but what can I do in the morning/tomorrow? I don't want to see any creature suffer and what I'm reading says this could be fatal. I only plan to keep them through this week and then back to the farmer. We are giving fresh water and Manna Pro starter. One of the chicks in question just pooped through his messy butt and it wasn't runny - is that a good sign? Will the caked on come off by itself? They're so funny to watch them pass out and drop their heads -- all together now -- nap! They're stretching their legs and preening their wings. I couldn't see how they sleep in the light 24/7 so I put a 6pk soda can box in there - cut the side out the long way and thought they could get in there for some darkness - they seem afraid of it - keep pecking at the Canada Dry logo Their favorite place to be is ontop of the big thermometer laying in the bottom of the crate - like a perch and they sleep on it too - have to move them to check the temp. Also your thoughts - our VBS is this week and the director has asked me to bring in the chicks for the "marketplace". Just one day for 3 hrs - I'd stay there to ensure their care and would take the whole set up, heat lamp too - not that they had heat lamps in ancient Egypt But would be so neat for the little kids to see them - no one would be touching them, just looking, and listening. Does that field trip sound okay for 10day olds?? Thanks for your help!