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why does my baby chicken smell funny?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by imthemammahen, Mar 13, 2013.

  1. imthemammahen

    imthemammahen New Egg

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    I have 4 chicks about 5 weeks old. One of them smells kinda funny. The others have no odor. Could this one be sick? They all seem pretty healthy.
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Actually there are a few diseases that can make chickens smell. Infectious Coryza will make the face smell pretty badly. Usually the face is swollen especially around the eyes. Mites can also make a chicken smell as well. Take a good look at the chick and see what symptoms you might glean from an exam and you might want to post in the emergency section here in the forums.

    Good luck with your babies!
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  5. Toast n Jelly

    Toast n Jelly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have you checked her bottom..might she hav sat in poop? [​IMG]
     
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    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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  7. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Sometimes chicks do have an odd smell. Some of mine does and they are quite healthy.
     
  8. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    If she is healthy and active and does not have poopy butt, she is probably fine.
     
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    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    This - welcome to BYC.
     
  10. imthemammahen

    imthemammahen New Egg

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    She's very clean. The smell comes from her skin, or feathers. Do hens have a wierd smell and roosters don't? I can't tell yet if they are hens or roosters. I'm new at this so I probably won't be able to tell until the rooster's tail starts sticking out different.
     

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