Poopy covered feet

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Back2MyRoots, Apr 4, 2012.

  1. Back2MyRoots

    Back2MyRoots Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2012
    Auburn, Alabama
    I have 2 week old Golden Comet chicks. I've never raised chickens before so every little drama seems like a really big deal to me---though, I might just be a paranoid new mom.

    My issue is that all four of my chickies have poop that seems to be super-glued to their feet.

    I'm keeping them in a huge rubber made tote lined with newspaper that I change three times a day. The whole thing is heated by heat lamp.

    Three questions: Should I try to wash all the goop off their feet? I tried wiping it off with my hand, but it's really stuck on there. How do you even wash a chicken?!? And should I change the lining of the box to another material? I have heard SO much conflict over pine shavings!

    Please and thank you for any help you can provide!
  2. Highlander

    Highlander Tartan Terror

    Oct 1, 2008
    Pine shavings are better for them than newspaper as the paper can get slippery and contribute towards spraddle leg. I would soak their feet in warm water for a few minutes and the poop shoes should come right off.
  3. chicken pickin

    chicken pickin Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 3, 2012

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