Originally Posted by littlejohnacres
I purchased 10 baby chicks from rural King. I noticed 4 of them had what appeared to be pasty butt last night. I soaked their bottoms in warm water and put olive oil on after I got them all cleaned up. I also have added ACV to their water. This morning 2 of them had passed. Could I have stressed them out or caused this somehow?? I feel so bad. Rural King will replace them. This is my first time having babies.
Most likely nothing you did caused this to happen. New chicks become ill fairly easy. A couple of months ago I had two new chicks develop pasty butt. I waited too long to put them on antibiotics (tetracycline). One chick died within hours of being put on the med and the other was acting and looking normal by the end of the day.
With new chicks, be sure they are eating and drinking. Their environment needs to be kept very clean and dry. Make sure there is no draft and they have the proper warmth.