week old chick with poop crusted butt

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by BrianT, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. BrianT

    BrianT Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2010
    North FL
    What is the best way to fix this? CAn I soak him/her? Thanks.
  2. Stacykins

    Stacykins Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 19, 2011
    Escanaba, MI
    No, don't soak the entire chick. A wet chick is a chilled chick which is a dead chick. Just take a warm, wet washcloth and gently rub over the crusted feces until them come loose. It might take a while. After wards, be sure to dry the chick. I would pat the bum and fluff that got wet as dry as I could, then wrap in a towel and cuddle until the chick was totally dry. Some people use a blow dryer on low to dry the fluff.

    A bit of olive oil applied with a q-tip to the chick's bum can help keep the poo from adhering. Not always successful, but it can help.
  3. Carrie Lynn

    Carrie Lynn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2010
    S.E. Michigan
    Same problem w/ my chick. I used a little vaseline, hope that isn't going to create a problem.
    I think reapplying the oil a couple times a day would be helpful. I'm swiching to the oil...

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