Poopy covered feet

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  1. Back2MyRoots

    Back2MyRoots Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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

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    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

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