Sometimes in the spring, when the weather is cold and damp, chicks develop what I so technically call “poopy butt”. Usually, as their feathers grow in, it takes care of itself. But once in a while one gets such a buildup on his bum that I feel bad for him and help him out.
This involves soaking his little behind with a warm, wet washcloth and trying to pick that buildup off as gently as I can.
As you can imagine, it’s a thankless job. But the reward is that after a few days I can’t pick this fella out from any of the other chicks. It’s cleaned up and healed up nicely and feathers are growing in.
6 years ago: