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Questions about our new baby chicks that arrived today! =-)

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Celtictrinity, Feb 25, 2011.

  1. Celtictrinity

    Celtictrinity Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 25, 2011
    Love this forum....long time lurker, first time poster!

    I have a few questions about our newest family members. I'm hoping someone will be so kind as to offer up some knowledge to me!

    12 happy and healthy baby chicks arrived this morning and are settling into their new home. They all made it just fine and seem to be doing well. The brooder we made is 4ftx4ft and wayyyyyy too big for them right now so we walled off half of it until they are bigger. They seem quite content with their little home. I cleaned off their behinds and dipped their beaks in water when they arrived, got them warmed up and let them be. They found their water and food rather easily. They were a bit sluggish at first but once they got water and food, they perked up a lot!

    I took the chicks out tonight and examined them again since I didn't have a lot of time this morning. None seem to be spraddle-legged at all. A few have a bit wider stance then the others but what I've seen from pictures, spraddled is more of a severe condition that results in legs going the opposite direction. Could someone clarify for me just how wide they need to be apart before they are considered a problem? They all seem to be walking just fine.

    Also, I noticed when I was cleaning the vents that a few have 'strings' hanging below their vent. As well, there is a black spot with what I would call a scab on all of them. I am assuming, from my research, that the string is what is left of the umbilical cord. It said not to pull it and leave it alone and it will come off on it's own. Is that correct? As for the black spots, some chicks have a very small one...others it is much more pronounced with a large scab. Do we leave it alone or is there a point where it is big enough or looks a certain way that we need to do something about it?

    Also, I noticed tonight that when the chicks sleep, most of them tend to huddle together....but they are off to the side of the red heat lamp...not under it. As well, the thermometer says that it's 95 degrees and I double checked it with another one to see if it was reading wrong. So I can't see why they would be cold but the only other reason I can see for them doing that is for security and the fact that they were in a box together for two days. Any ideas?

    By the way...they -love- their pretty thermometer. They keep knocking it down to peck at it. Must be because it's shiny. =-)

    Thanks in advance for all your help!
  2. herechickychicky

    herechickychicky Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 19, 2010
    I can't help you with your questions since I am new at this myself (my chicks are arriving near the end of May), but I wanted to say welcome. So, [​IMG] [​IMG]
  3. BorderKelpie

    BorderKelpie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 1, 2009
    outside Dallas

    Sounds like you're describing the umbilicus (umbilicuses? umbilici? lol). Yeah, just leave it alone.

    The wider stance on some of them - what breed are they? Cornish have a wider stance than other breeds. Could that be it? Are these all pullets or straight run chicks? I wonder, would the males have a wider stance?

    As far as sleeping in a pile - all of mine do that. I swear, one falls asleep and the rest trip over her and sleep where they fall.......lol My own little chickie dog pile. If they are not huddled miserably directly under the heat lamp, they must be comfortable. Good job.

    ummm - where's the pics?

  4. NYRIR

    NYRIR Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 13, 2010
    x 2 ....PICS [​IMG]
    Sounds to me like you've "lurked" long enough to have happy chicks [​IMG]
  5. Celtictrinity

    Celtictrinity Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 25, 2011
    Ohhhhhh...I see....you guys like pictures too! =-) I joined a horse forum as well a few weeks ago and the first thing they said is "Where's the pics????" [​IMG]

    Unfortunately, this site won't let me post pics yet since I'm so brand-spankin' new and I can't figure out a way around it! =-(

    We affectionately call the group of chicks the 'chicken mcnuggets'....not that we are going to eat them. These are my daughter's 4-H project and will be show and egg birds. We just thought it was a cute name. =-)

    Borderkelpie - Believe it or not, 12 chicks, 12 varieties....all pullets (supposedly)

    New Hampshire Red
    Barred Rock Plymouth
    Black Australorpe
    Iowa Blue
    Buff Brahma
    Light Brahma
    Partridge Chantecler
    Norweigan Jaerhon
    Gold Brabanter
    Golden Campine
    Exchequer Leghorn

    And yeah....I'm a tired little chicken mama.

    Thanks for all the greetings as well!
  6. GeneJordan

    GeneJordan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2011
    Arnaudville, La
  7. BorderKelpie

    BorderKelpie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 1, 2009
    outside Dallas
    OOOO! I have always wanted an Exchequer Leghorn! Now I HAVE to see pics!

  8. Celtictrinity

    Celtictrinity Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 25, 2011
    So, after doing another once over of the chicks (have about four that I have to clean their behinds every once in awhile), I noticed that the smallest one in the bunch has a curious thing going on below her vent. On first glance, I thought it was just the umbilical cord....and it actually is...or more specifically, it looks like the stump and has what appears to be a hole. After researching, the only thing -I- can find that even sounds close is mushy chick disease. The only treatment options I can find for it are wide spectrum antibiotics (assuming you get those from the vet?) and to put iodine tincture on the opening itself and blow dry gently....and then hope for the best. The chick seems to be active, eating and drinking.

    Being a first time chick momma is hard work sometimes....=-( And of course, it's the chick I specifically wanted. Poor Iowa Blue...

    Anyone have any other thoughts about it?
  9. Celtictrinity

    Celtictrinity Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 25, 2011
    Borderkelpie - Well tell them to let me post pictures!!! =-(

    I'd most happily comply and provide you with all the pics you want.

    Unfortunately, I had ordered three more chicks but apparently they weren't available or something because they didn't get sent and I wasn't charged for them. They were Buckeye, Silver-Laced Cochin and Silver Grey Dorking pullets. Of course...all the ones I really wanted. I will probably try to find those locally if I can and add them to our chicken tribe in the next few days.
  10. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Personally, at this age, if it isn't anything that's causing a problem NOW, I'd leave it alone to see if it's "outgrown." I got my babies on Wednesday. Your description of them pecking at the thermometer had me nodding my head. Mine have also grabbed hold others' little dark string thing (cord?)...lol. Haven't had any issues with pastey butt here. And sleeping on the fringes of the lamp light/heat is GOOD! A bit spread out is good [​IMG]

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