During their first several weeks on the farm, the chicks are ever present in my thoughts. Are they warm enough? cool enough? Do they have clean water? enough food? Are they healthy?
I check them several times a day. Their house is warm, but windows are open for fresh air and ventilation.
So far, so good... everyone has survived their first week on the farm. You might notice that a couple of the chicks have learned how to fly up onto the rungs of the roosting ladder. They are amazingly athletic.
Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed that one of the tiny reds was running around with a dry glob of poo on her fluffy little bum. "Pasty butt" is what this is called and it is something that one must be aware of when raising chicks. An accumulation of chicken manure on a chick's bottom can cause a blockage and eventually lead to death.
Luckily, I knew what to do - this little chick needed her bottom washed with warm water. I snatched her from the rest of the flock and off to the greenhouse we went. There, I ran warm water and let it run over her bottom until I could gently remove the manure.
Then I wrapped her up in a warm towel so that her bottom would dry. After that, she...