possible problem?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by TATERsmom, Jan 12, 2009.

  1. TATERsmom

    TATERsmom Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 6, 2009
    South Louisiana
    [​IMG] My daughter picked up one of her (almost)week old chicks and flipped out because the bottom of its belly looked what I would call "dirty". [​IMG] I have them on newspaper and I think its just from them laying to rest. But is there something I might be doing wrong or can this lead to a problem? Would it be ok to wipe them off with a baby wipe when I change their pads. Or maybe hay or wood chips would do better. Please Help![​IMG] My teen has enough to complain about without the dirty chicken. LOL! [​IMG]
  2. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    I use wood chips
  3. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    It's best not to keep chicks on newspaper that is just layed flat. It can cause spraddle legged chicks. You didn't specify whether it was shredded newspaper or not. At any rate newspaper ink will rub off on them. I use sand or wood chips.
  4. Grant6411

    Grant6411 RIP Steven

    Dec 1, 2008
    Tampa, FL
    never ever use newspaper for bedding. it can cause splayed legs. if you dont want to go out and get something like woodchips or hay, use ripped up paper towels.
  5. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    Don't use newspaper. For the first few days use paper towels, then switch to wood shavings.
  6. Laskaland

    Laskaland ThE gRoOvY cHiCkEn

    Aug 2, 2008
    Quote:Good idea! That's what I do! Works great. Babies can see the food, too

    PS- as long as you wasg the chick in a warm area, with a warm wet cloth so it doesnt chill you should be ok. Don;t get it too wet
  7. Do Not use Cedar chips of any kind. Go to wally world and splurge on the small critter pine shavings. Change every so often as to keep the smell down or if they get wet.

    Use a small waterer of your choice and CHANGE the water daily. This is important. Chicks make a mess of waterers.

    Feed ONLY starter until 3 weeks of age then you can start giving them treats like small pieces of bread and yogurt. Do Not overdo this.

    If you can find medicated starter this it the best. It is expensive though. NO 100 % poultry grain until the age of 6 weeks.

    You can mix 40/60 poultry/(starter or flock growth) from 4 to 6 weeks old.

    Keep a light on them. 95 degree to start (at bottom of brooder) then take it up for 90,85,80 etc per week.

    Really it is easy and they will tell you if they are cold or hot by moving to or from (respectively) from the heat source.

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