shipped chicks look like heck!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Goose and Fig, Jun 11, 2009.

  1. Goose and Fig

    Goose and Fig Grateful Geese

    Apr 19, 2009
    Fall Creek Falls TN
    I got 7 cochin chicks via USPS. 2 were DOA. They are a few weeks old. The survivors were all banged up- crumpled feathers, poop everywhere- they're still traumatized a week later. Will they ever start looking better? Can I "wash"them?

    I gave one a little haircut- as her head was still downy, and caked with gunk and bald spots. She looks good. But the others that already have tail feathers look so pathetic.[​IMG]
  2. lux_interior

    lux_interior Songster

    Apr 28, 2009
    oh man.... where did they ship from?? Sorry for that, that's awful.... but yes, I think they will get better... All chicks at that age are funny looking anyway when all their feathers are coming in... they'll get better looking with age, especially after their adult molt. However, I would take a wet warm washcloth and give them a wipe down [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2009
  3. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Crowing

    Jul 17, 2008
    DC Region
    They'll look better soon, their mature feathers will begin coming in.

    Yes, you can wash them if you blow dry and keep them warm and indoors until they are totally dry. Any damp is not good if they're to go to the outside at all.

    Treats and time and they'll be fine. Sorry you lost two. That's always difficult.

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