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Should I be worried about this?

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I've noticed that my Brahma chick has been pooping this yellowish foamy stuff and some of the poop is clumping under the vent. Should I be worried? Should I attempt to wash it off? Will it turn into pasty butt?
She isn't acting like she's ill, but I'm new to chickens so I don't know. Also, she is 1 week old.

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Yes, you definitely need to clean her vent. It can dry and a crust can form that may start blocking the vent, causing poop to back up.

 

Chick poop can normally vary wildly from foamy, to soupy and stinky (cecal) to firm little bird droppings.

 

If the foamy poop continues for a few days straight, and it's the only kind of poop you're seeing from your Brahma, then there could be something else going on.

 

Use a Q-tip dipped in warm water to very gently clean the vent. Don't rub or scrub or swelling will result.

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Originally Posted by azygous View Post

Yes, you definitely need to clean her vent. It can dry and a crust can form that may start blocking the vent, causing poop to back up.

Chick poop can normally vary wildly from foamy, to soupy and stinky (cecal) to firm little bird droppings.

If the foamy poop continues for a few days straight, and it's the only kind of poop you're seeing from your Brahma, then there could be something else going on.

Use a Q-tip dipped in warm water to very gently clean the vent. Don't rub or scrub or swelling will result.

How do I dry off the chick?
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Use a dry towel and wipe it dry gentle.  It doesn't have to be completely dry as hopefully you are not going to get he chick soaking wet.   A slightly damp bottom should not be a problem.  This is know as pasty butt in chicks and is not a problem if taken care of right away.  

I live in Northeastern New Mexico. Live on a 2.5 acres with my husband of 38 yrs.(husband pass away 6/13/16), 2 dogs, 2 cats,    I have SLC, Blue laced Red Wy, Partridge Cochin, Blue, Black & White Cochins, Americanas, Cuckoo Marans Roo, Dominque Roo,  Blue Bar Roo, Buff Orps, Lavender Wy, Black & Blue French Cooper Marans, French Wheaton Marans, Cuckoo Marans , Dominque , Blue bar  Whiting...

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I live in Northeastern New Mexico. Live on a 2.5 acres with my husband of 38 yrs.(husband pass away 6/13/16), 2 dogs, 2 cats,    I have SLC, Blue laced Red Wy, Partridge Cochin, Blue, Black & White Cochins, Americanas, Cuckoo Marans Roo, Dominque Roo,  Blue Bar Roo, Buff Orps, Lavender Wy, Black & Blue French Cooper Marans, French Wheaton Marans, Cuckoo Marans , Dominque , Blue bar  Whiting...

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Originally Posted by Choco Maran View Post

Use a dry towel and wipe it dry gentle.  It doesn't have to be completely dry as hopefully you are not going to get he chick soaking wet.   A slightly damp bottom should not be a problem.  This is know as pasty butt in chicks and is not a problem if taken care of right away.  
Ok, I have successfully cleaned off the chick! Thanks for your help!!
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