Thursday, February 24, 2011


No, you don't usually need to bathe your chicks.  But this one in particular is having some 'elimination issues,' shall we say?  I've tried all sorts of methods for clearing this little behind problem of hers, and this has just worked the best:

  1. Fill a bowl with fairly warm water
  2. Gently dunk bottom half of birdie in, rest there for a while (the chick will love it, seriously she'll let out contented little peeps intermittently)
  3. Take chickie out, gently dab bum with paper towel (she may not like this)
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until all droppings are gone.
  5. Gently wrap chick in clean paper towel and hold for a few minutes (she'll love this too, it's like swaddling a baby; emulating the womb, or in this case shell).
  6. Once she's not dripping wet, immediately place under heat lamp to dry completely.
  7. She'll soon start preening to get her fuzzy feathers back in order and pecking around
  8. Watch for pasting up in following days, when it happens once it's likely going to reoccur before she grows out of it.


  1. That is contributing to a future compost maker!

  2. HI ANN!
    What fantastic bathing technique! Expertly done, even! Glad to see the little pooper is all clear. Can't wait to see you next week.


  3. We went to see the baby chicks at the Boston Museum of Science, yesterday, and thought of you guys!