What Should I Do? Crusty Chicks...

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by wsdareme, Jun 23, 2010.

  1. wsdareme

    wsdareme Songster

    Mar 9, 2010
    Yelm, WA
    5 of 7 of my chicks look like they're going to survive. The humidity in my incubator was too high and the chicks were soaking wet until I put them in the brooder. Now the survivors are looking healthier, but they have dried all crusty and yukky looking. Question: Do I wait until they get a little stronger and then give them a warm water bath, then quickly put them back in the brooder? Or, do I leave them alone? Will the crustiness go away? They're starting to try to preen, and they sure aren't getting anywhere. They look terrible. Any suggestions will be welcome... [​IMG]

  2. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

    Jul 5, 2007
    Sevier County, TN
    If the crustiness keeps them from fluffing at all, I'd sponge them off with a damp towel. NO BATHING. The fluff helps them stay warm.

    When they get a little older (a couple of days) the preening will be much more effective. So I only sponge off the ones with no fluff at all.

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