Poopy butt..

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by torrelee, Jun 11, 2011.

  1. torrelee

    torrelee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm sure there are a million of these threads posted, but I'm in the middle of an 8 page paper for school and had to stop distracting myself with BYC! Quick question about my new babies though. I picked up 2 3 day old silkie babies yesterday and one of them has a little poo on its rear. Doesn't affect its ability to poo as I saw it poo on my BF this morning. Do I clean it off or let it do its thing???
    Also, The first chick I grabbed at the farm had 5 toes so I figured they all did, but upon bringing home the two that I managed to catch I realized that mine have only 4 toes... They have black skin and there were black silkies at the farm, but there was also a black silkie/turken (showgirl??) cross hen. I didn't see her feet so I dont' know how many toes she had, but is it possible that I have 4 toed silkies or are they crossed with something else?
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  2. tclegg

    tclegg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There are chickens that have five toes--Dorkings..and of course genetic mutations also...but if yours is not showing problems from the fifth toe I would'nt worry. But I would'nt use for breeding if it is a mutation--and I'm not sure about showing since you don't know exact breed..
     
  3. torrelee

    torrelee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Silkies are supposed to have 5... these have 4. Pet quality is fine and I'm not planning on breeding, I just wanted a lap chicken!
     
  4. sawmane1

    sawmane1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    with the feathered feet and the dark skin it could be a silkie. they have have five toes. but i also could be wrong
     
  5. sawmane1

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    sorry didn't read the post before I posted [​IMG]
     
  6. tclegg

    tclegg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry--I did'nt know that about the Silkies--learn something new...Sounds like may be breed with something else, especially if you got that many with only 4 toes...and you did have a Turken/mix at the place you picked them up..It's hard to say for sure but I would bet they may be mixed...and about the poop--I would wipe it off--just to make sure it doesn't block vent and you can watch for next day--so you have clean slate (sort to speak) LOL
     
  7. torrelee

    torrelee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I cant say I'd complain if they grew up with bald necks.... it'd kill my BF and I think that showgirls are pretty cute!
     
  8. jwg423

    jwg423 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I read somewhere that poopy butt could possibly be fatal to baby chicks...
    Not sure if it is true or not, but it might be worth cleaning it up just to be safe
     
  9. torrelee

    torrelee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    More pictures of poopy butt... no, i'm not getting to far on my homework, lol
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  10. tclegg

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    Has it only stuck once or twice--if it becomes an occurance everyday--all the time--covering vent...then it may become a problem. I checked everyone I had for first several days than I had 3 first day--then 2 next--then one the third day (of course same one for three days running) after that no prolem and they have been fine...
     

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