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Crusty chick butt

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Im just curious as to what would cause a chicks butt to get crusted with poo? The chick in question is approx 3 weeks old, maybe a tic younger and has been fine up until today when i noticed the poo was crusted up. They get fresh water several times daily and are eating chick starter. Is it something im doing wrong or not giving them?
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It's called "pasty butt", an unglamorous term for a serious condition, usually occurring in the first week, but it can happen over the first month, also. It's often caused by a too-hot brooder.

 

If your chicks are three weeks old, the spot under their heat lamp should be no warmer than 75-80F, and the rest of the brooder much, much cooler.

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Originally Posted by azygous View Post

It's called "pasty butt", an unglamorous term for a serious condition, usually occurring in the first week, but it can happen over the first month, also. It's often caused by a too-hot brooder.

If your chicks are three weeks old, the spot under their heat lamp should be no warmer than 75-80F, and the rest of the brooder much, much cooler.

I couldnt remember the term pasty butt to save my life. It was on the tip of my tongue. Thank you for your answer! I cleaned her up and will now be keeping watch on her and the rest of them
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