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I know this is a common topic but I just got baby chicks a few days ago and they already have pasty butt. We had to use scissors to cut some of the hardened poop off and now it's kinda bald back their. We did everything right when we got the chicks. I don't know what we did to cause it. Or is it just a common thing for chicks that will go away? I honestly am new at raising chicks but I had a lot of chickens and how old will the chickens stop having pasty butt? I'm worried about the baldness, but I'm sure their gonna be fine smile.png any advice or ideas?
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It usually goes away with age <3

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Originally Posted by Gizmo33 View Post

I know this is a common topic but I just got baby chicks a few days ago and they already have pasty butt. We had to use scissors to cut some of the hardened poop off and now it's kinda bald back their. We did everything right when we got the chicks. I don't know what we did to cause it. Or is it just a common thing for chicks that will go away? I honestly am new at raising chicks but I had a lot of chickens and how old will the chickens stop having pasty butt? I'm worried about the baldness, but I'm sure their gonna be fine smile.png any advice or ideas?


You can use a paper towel dipped in warm water to help get the poop off. 

 

You can also add ACV to their water. 

 

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Originally Posted by Erica View Post
 

No. It's a great product to use in other ways but unless it makes the chicks want to drink more, it won't help pasty butts. (If they like the taste it could be a different story.)

Anything that inhibits drinking will make the problem worse. So will a tiny bit too much heat in the brooder. Add the dry commercial feeds (which are fairly low in fibre) to the mix and some degree of pasting is almost guaranteed.

I often moisten the feed very slightly for the first few days, but of course it means a lot more cleaning (damp feed in a warm environment brings fungus etc). I also raise chicks in a long brooder unit with feed and water in the cooler section, so there's less chance of dehydration. I haven't had a chick with pasty butt in a long time so maybe it works. (But I don't use commercial mixes any more either.) A tiny bit of kefir or yoghurt put in a blender with finely chopped greens like kale (nothing that's been sprayed however) given as a treat with their usual feed can be a really good start for chicks and a good way to get past the danger time for pasting.

EDITED TO ADD: apologies, I didn't mean to contradict others (you both posted as I was typing). smile

I hope this helps.
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Originally Posted by speckledhen View Post
 

Yes, it does help with pasty butt. I buy Spectrum organic unfiltered ACV from Ingles grocery chain. A couple teaspoons in each quart waterer is all you need.

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