washing chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by muddyhorse, May 18, 2010.

  1. muddyhorse

    muddyhorse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 11, 2009
    Bloomsdale, MO
    I had a chick born that had a lot of egg goo (technical term) on it. now that the chick is dry it is crusty. what is the best way to clean it off the chick. I don't want to put it in with the others yet because I'm afraid they will peck it because of the yolkyness. any ideas ?
     
  2. noodleroo

    noodleroo Snuggles with Chickens

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    One of my 'packing peanuts' had that goo on him so bad that his little wing was stuck to his body. Someone on this site said to use a warm wet rag to soften it up and wipe it off. They also said that I didn't have to do anything; that it would eventually wear off. I tried the rag but I could tell that it was going to take forever so I decided that the little thing was going to be wet anyway; might as well just wash him with warm water. I kind of worked the stuck wing loose a little at a time then kept him warm to dry a little, then put him under the light in the brooder. He actually seemed to like the whole process! Sorry that I don't remember who gave me the good advice; it was someone with lots of experience-I could tell.
     
  3. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Yeah...most don't mind a nice warm water bath (with you gently holding). But be sure to blot well with a towel and then use a heat lamp or blow drier to be certain he/she is dry and doesn't get chilled...
     
  4. flgardengirl

    flgardengirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I set them in a shallow wide cup like a coffee cup or small bowl. Put warm water in about half way. Use a soft toothbrush, wetting the baby and then gently brush the dried stuff off. If you have one of those eyebrow eyelash combs they work pretty good to get stubborn stuff off as well. Just make sure thier heads do not go underwater and dry them off good and keep them warm. In the winter I sat on the floor in front of a small space heater while I did it and then after I was done held the baby chick in front of the heater on my lap while they dried.
     
  5. noodleroo

    noodleroo Snuggles with Chickens

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    The eyebrow brush sounds like a really good idea; I'll try that next time - thanks!
     
  6. muddyhorse

    muddyhorse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 11, 2009
    Bloomsdale, MO
    thanks for the advice
     
  7. newlyweds

    newlyweds Pearl of the Prairie

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    I had two like that this hatch, and I just simply washed them with warm water and a little baby shampoo, worked like magic, then blow dried them till nice and fluffy. They didn't seem to mind it at all.

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  8. Tyaloria

    Tyaloria Chillin' With My Peeps

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