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How long does pasty butt usually last in chicks?

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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.

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What is the temperature in your brooder? They should be able to tolerate 70-75 degrees F at their age. Too much heat can cause dehydration, and that can cause constipation or pasty butt. Make sure they are drinking plenty of fluids, and give some probiotics or a little plain yogurt in their feed a few times a week. Normally pasty butt in chicks is gone by 10 days in chicks that I have received in the mail.
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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. 

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I didn't read well enough, LOL. If you can put a cheap thermometer on the floor under the hottest spot to keep the temp around 90 F, that can help. I think chilling can also add to pasting up. A dot of olive oil on the vent opening may help a little. Yes plain yogurt cultures are good for probiotics, not the sweetened ones. I've had shipped chicks a few times, and mine are usually through the pasty butt within 7-10 days at most.
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The weather report calls for a warming trend starting today.  I am hopeful this will ease the pasting.  I will try the yoghurt though - can't hurt, right?  It is very generous of you to share your expertise; this is such a nice on-line community.  Thx.

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The chicks are 8 days old today; pleased to report I haven't washed a bum for 2 days.  Upping the temperature in the brooder + warmer weather seems to have done the trick. Thanks for the helping hand.

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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.

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Thanks for your input, CuzChickens.  I was unaware molasses could be used as a laxative.  Goodness, the things I will know five years from now.

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Haha.  Yeah, I still consider myself a newbie and it is funny to think everything I will know in 5 years too.

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