I've got a silkie that will be 4 weeks on Wednesday and (s)he still has pasty butt. She's had it since we got her 2 weeks ago. I clean (gently) her daily but her fluff is gone around her vent. What could be causing pasty butt? Will it ever go away? I also have a chick (also a silkie) that keeps his/her left eye closed. It looks like it could be a bit crusty (like when tears dry). So for the last 2 days we've been using a damp paper towel and gently putting it on the eye and gently wiping the eye until it opens. It will open. When I go back (later in the day) it's closed again. The first time we found him/her like that the eye looked swollen but the swelling has gone down since then. Is it safe to think (s)he got hurt? Or could this be something else? We use pine shavings, poly-vi-sol in the fresh water daily, mash, yogurt daily and the brooder is in the 80's. We are also getting ready to move our sex links outside. Is there anything we need to give them to prepare them for free ranging? We have a lot of wild birds around our house. I was told they can/will give our chicks mites and lice. Is this true? How worried about that should I be? I plan on using DE in their bedding when they are outside. Any advice?