Two Questions

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by GSDBESTK9, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. GSDBESTK9

    GSDBESTK9 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 6 chicks seem to be doing GREAT (knock on wood), they are a week old today and growing!

    One of them however, has dried poop on the side of her butt. I tried getting it out but I couldn't, I guess I was afraid to hurt the chick. Is there something I should do??

    Also, I read that before you put them outside, you should gradually reduce the amount of Heat Lamp time. At what age do I start doing that?

    Thank you all!
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Hello!

    With the dried poo, you can soak the chicks little tush in some warm water, and just work it off with your fingers. (Gross I know, but it's easier that way). Make sure you dry the chick very well, so it doesn't get chilled.

    I don't put my chicks outside until they're fully feathered. (That's when their fuzz has been replaced with feathers.)

    Now, on nice days, you can take them outside. I put mine in a little bottomless cage, so they can peck around in the grass. I wouldn't leave them unattended though, so a predator doesn't grab them.

    Congrats on your new little babies,
    Sharon
     
  3. GSDBESTK9

    GSDBESTK9 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, this Sunday it is supposed to be in the low 80's, is it ok to bring the 1 week old chicks outside for a little bit? In an enclosed area of course and with us there to supervise. Or are they still to young for that?
     
  4. PaintedWolf

    PaintedWolf Out Of The Brooder

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    Mama hen would have them outside and pecking around by now. It would be fine for you to take them out for excursions!
     

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