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Do chicks get constipated?

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I came back from church and breakfast this morning to see a chick that looked like it was pasting so I used a wet cloth and a trickle of warm water to clean her off.  It wasn't pasted bad but I kept on whiping and getting more and more poop.  It was as if the chicks vent was bulging but couldnt push the little chicken turd out.  What should I do?   I had read that molasses is a bit of a laxative.  I mixed some maybe a little more then a table spoon to a half gallon so that it was barely brown in the dropper and gave her a few drops.  Should I give her more?  Could the electrolyte I give them make them constipated?   (I heard it could in humans)

Sorry if it sounds like a stupid question...... but I am about as new as you can get to the whole chicken thing.

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For some reason this chick never seems to want to sit down.  It seems like she is always staggering around.  Looks like she had a few to many beers sometimes.  Sometimes she looks fine but other times not.

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I would imagine this would happen.  I have all my chicks on probiotics(probios) for their digestion and medicated feed with vitamins.  They are doing well and have perfect poo.  You can also give your chick yougart to help with digestion.


Edited by Nicole01 - 4/10/11 at 6:14pm
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Keep watching her and cleaning with warm water. The poo can build up behind a pasted butt.

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I did see water push out..... and some bubbling around the vent.  Do you think she is plugged up?  If so... how do I unplug?

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I don't know.  I hope someone knows and replies.  Good luck.

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Me too!!  fl

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It's possible she is plugged. I do not have experience in this matter, but if nothing else, keep soaking her butt in warm water like you've been doing and gently keep wiping. It might stimulate her to pass it?
I can only assume the yogurt suggestion is a good one. It helps regulate gut flora.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you!  fl

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post #9 of 31

About a month ago when my chicks were "day olds" I had a similar concern.

Poop had gotten on the chicks' fuzzy butt . . .  I thought it was pasted up.

To find out for sure I put the chick in its' own corral with a paper towel floor.
Within 15 minutes it pooped on the paper towels - so I knew it wasn't pasted up.
That poop stuck on its' fuzzy butt for a week !  But was never a problem.

I'm very new at this . . .  but my real concern was 'messing' with a chick that actually didn't have a problem in the first place.
I was concerned that too much unnecessary intervention might hurt the chick.

So my novice advise is, find out if it really is pasty.

Kevin

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I don't really know what to do.
Right now I think I am just going to leave her alone and not interfere anymore.  I think I may be doing more harm then good..... 

Her butt doesn't seem to be plugged anymore but I dont understand why she is so lethargic, wont sit down, and the stumbeling around. 

I do have them on chick starter feed with electrolyte probiotic in their drink.  I did dropper give her a little molasses in water from a dropper, fed her some yogurt, and cleaned her bum multiple times because her vent seemed to be bulging.  But it seems as though I am just making her cold by matting down her feathers.

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