Here is a very helpful tip. Take some vaseline and sparingly apply it by massaging around the vent area. This will keep the poo from drying to their feathers and allow you to remove it if it sticks to their butts for a while yet and I don't think you are out of the woods yet with the pasty butt problem. A lot of vitamins does cause the pasty butt but they were also most-likely just vaccinated before you got them. It takes a few days for a baby to bounce back from a vaccination.
Stress does have a lot to do with it but if you don't keep that area clear I have seen this condition kill them. No worries--that dark, firm area is supposed to be there. It will be gone in a few days. I use to medicate. I never do this anymore. Since I stopped I don't lose babies. I started giving them probiotics in their feed from hatch. I purchase a tub of dry powder from Tractor Supply for around $10-$11 that lasts a long, long time. About a scoop per 4 cups of feed is what I use. It helps the babies grow to develop strong immune systems naturally. They don't have many good defenses until they are past 4 months. Even then they need a good vitamin and immune support system. I still use it in their feed as adults and they are spry little buggers. Oh and I have never had a prolapse or stuck egg problem--nothing since.
Edited by maymiegirl - 2/19/09 at 1:54pm