Non Fluffy Chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by FluffyFlockLove, Feb 19, 2017.

  1. FluffyFlockLove

    FluffyFlockLove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello everyone,
    I had some chicks hatch the other night and I just took them from the incubator. They are silkie chicks but they aren't fluffy. All their feathers seem to be stuck down to their skin. I rubbed them gently with a warm cloths but it didn't seem to help. 2 aren't that bad but the other two are. To the point they don't seem to be moving much. Anyone know what I can do to help them?
     
  2. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    I get the water in the sink running a little and adjust it where is feels about 100 degree's---then wet the chick while lightly rubbing---I then move it from under the water and get a drop of dawn and soap it up then rinse----then blow dry it being careful to not get it to hot. Usually cleans up good. Put it in a warm Brooder should look good the next day.
     
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  3. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Egg Grower Premium Member Project Manager

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    Could/will you share a pic of them?
    Im curious to see what you are talking about.
    (for the future ..if I ever hatch)

    Thanks and good luck!
     
  4. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    They will fluff up now that they are out of the incubator......Do not wash them......



    Cheers!
     
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  5. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    If someone has a "sticky" chick Why would you tell them not to wash them? If its real sticky it want fluff up, it will die.
     
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  6. FluffyFlockLove

    FluffyFlockLove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There feathers formed like a hard shell on them so I gave them a bath using a q-tip, gentle dish soap mix in warm water. There feathers are fluffing up up a bit now. Some spots on them still need to be washed. I did lose 1/4 last night though
     
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  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    When their feathers are plastered to the body - like you said, a hard shell, that is called "shrink wrapped." They do have to be bathed & washed gently and dried thoroughly (blow dryer set on low). Some chicks need a second bathing. We sure they are thoroughly dry before going back to the brooder. You don't want them getting chilled
     
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