Hello; I received my first flock of 25 day olds 2 days ago. I am seeing some pasty butt, which I am loosening with warm water and applying some vaseline. 1) Is there an additive I should add to their water to reduce frequency; 2) how long does this condition usually persist in chicks? Otherwise all seem well and active. Thx for your advice.
How long does pasty butt usually last in chicks?
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Thanks for your advice. I didn't write my query clearly, sorry; the chicks are only 4 days old now. It has been quite cold here this week - frost on the ground every night. I have the chicks under a red heat lamp and I have supplementary heat going in the coop. They are not clustered tightly under the heat lamp although they aren't straying too far. I think they are a little cooler than preferred but all have survived (so far) and seem to be active and are eating/drinking well. I washed a couple of bums this morning. My observation is frequency and severity seems to be declining, which is a positive sign. Your advice about adding probiotics to their water - an active culture yoghurt from the grocery aisle is ok? Thanks for the helping hand to a newbie, it is a pretty steep learning curve.
Well, it looks like everything is taken care of, but if anything acts up again, Molasses acts as a laxative and thins their poop so it does not paste. Just stir a little in their water. It worked for my babies.