Wash the chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Shrader, Apr 14, 2007.

  1. Shrader

    Shrader Songster

    Apr 7, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    On their daily trips out into the yard, my 9 chicks love to roll around in the dirt like dogs. It's cute, if a little weird. Now they're just filthy all the time. Does anyone else's brood do this? Is there anything I can/ should do to clean them up?
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2007
  2. Picco

    Picco Songster

    Mar 14, 2007
    What your chicks are doing is dustbathing. It is a natural behavior that all chickens do if they have a place to do it. The purpose of this is to kill and prevent external parasites like mites and lice. Giving a chick a bath is a bad idea and really isn't a good thing to do. If you provide them with a dish of clean sand they will dustabth and not get too dirty. Just make sure the sand is from a safe source (not beach sand) and doesn't contain anything harmful.
  3. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

    Jan 15, 2007
    Shepherdstown, WV
    Definately not a good idea to wash them, they could get chilled so easily.
    Only locally if get pasty butt, or I would guess if they are show birds. [​IMG]

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