Here is my previous thread about the chicks...nothing monumental though..=-)
Having nightmares about the baby chickens....
I took the chicks out tonight and examined them again since I didn't have a lot of time this morning. None seem to be spraddle-legged at all. A few have a bit wider stance then the others but what I've seen from pictures, spraddled is more of a severe condition that results in legs going the opposite direction. Could someone clarify for me just how wide they need to be apart before they are considered a problem? They all seem to be walking just fine.
Also, I noticed when I was cleaning the vents that a few have 'strings' hanging below their vent. As well, there is a black spot with what I would call a scab on all of them. I am assuming, from my research, that the string is what is left of the umbilical cord. It said not to pull it and leave it alone and it will come off on it's own. Is that correct? As for the black spots, some chicks have a very small one...others it is much more pronounced with a large scab. Do we leave it alone or is there a point where it is big enough or looks a certain way that we need to do something about it?
Thanks in advance for all your help!