New silkies - why isn't (s)he fluffy yet?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Edwards' East of Eden, Sep 19, 2011.

  1. Edwards' East of Eden

    Edwards' East of Eden Songster

    May 11, 2011
    Biloxi, MS
    Okay - new babies, hatched Saturday. This one, the one I'm worried about? Last one out, Sunday morning. Is completely dry. Has been rinsed off in warm water, once, but still feels ... stiff and crunchy.

    Do I wash again? With a soft-bristle toothbrush, maybe?


    I've had to peel a hardened strand of membrane off a chick's back before, but this is ... not that. Advice, please?

  2. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Crowing

    Jun 17, 2009
    My Coop
    (S)he will be fine. I would just let it be. [​IMG]
  3. dwegg

    dwegg Songster

    yes I used a toothbrush and soaked the little guy in warm took a couple of goes but it works great and allows them to get dry and fluffy so they can get warm, otherwise she can not get fluffy and stay warm...I would go and use a soft toothbrush very gently brush her as she is soaking on the warm water...only for a minute, then let her rest and go again worked great for me and it was the first time I tried it. Both my little guys are doing great today at 3 weeks old...I just did not brush their heads and it falls off later...

    good luck

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