I was watching my chicks today, and I noticed that Mr. Fernando, my five day old barred rock, has a clump of something on his rear end. I have wiped off poo from him before, so I didn't worry, and wiped him with warm water, paper towels, and q-tips. To make a long story short, it wouldn't come off. It looks like a dried clump of poo that is stuck under his feathers. It is just below where he eliminates from, and he still can do that. I tried pulling it gently, but it wouldn't budge, and the chick screamed and screeched wildly. What should I do?
Clump of stuff on Chick's backside
i believe it's pasty butt. i'm no expert, so use the search for the forum " pasty butt". there are many discussions on this topic. before we got our chicks i did a bit of reading on here and found that if you put a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a gallon of their drinking water it helps to prevent it. we did that since day 1 and had no problems. i think you need to soak him in water to soften it , when clean, rub some olive oil on the area. hope this helps. oh yeah many people recamend braggs apple cider vinegar, it's all organic but a bit pricey, probably available at your local grocery store.