1 week old chick with pasty butt... So scared!!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Mother.of.Chickens, Mar 21, 2018.

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  1. Mother.of.Chickens

    Mother.of.Chickens In the Brooder

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    I'll definitely be giving them treats from now on :D
     
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  2. Mother.of.Chickens

    Mother.of.Chickens In the Brooder

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    I always sing to them when I hold them. What should I do inside the brooder to get her used to me? The others don't mind me
     
  3. Sunny-Side Up

    Sunny-Side Up Turn towards the sun & the shadows fall behind you

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    You could feed treats, and one of my chicks' favorite is simply wet food. They love wett food! Also, what I meant by things in the brooder was more of don't take them away from the brooder too much unless they're all together, because it would be really stressful and they'd get scared.
     
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    Mother.of.Chickens In the Brooder

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    I tend to hold them at least two at a time. They like to snuggle up under my hair like my hair is a momma chicken :)
     
  5. junebuggena

    junebuggena Crowing

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    Those things can actually hold in quite a lot of heat. Only one small area needs to be warmed. The rest of the brooder should be room temp. If you are brooding inside your house, a full strength heat bulb will be way too much for them.
     
  6. Mother.of.Chickens

    Mother.of.Chickens In the Brooder

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    So, I took them all out at once for playtime on my bed and they all wanted to pile on me :) Morty wasn't afraid at all
     

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    Spartan22 Crowing

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    I usually don’t use metal brooder, (heat conductor) I used a giant box, it seems like I can control the temp better. I never had pasty butt except one time when I brood chicks in a Rubbermaid container.
     
  8. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida

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    One other little hint....after you get her cleaned off (and it may take more than once) dab just a teeny bit of coconut oil, olive oil, or even Vaseline on the down around her little hiney. Not much...you don’t want to have bedding sticking to her or getting the area so greasy that it makes a darker ring there that the other chicks might peck at. It won’t “cure” pasty butt, but it helps keep poop from sticking to that fuzz quite as badly and that makes them more comfortable while it slows or prevents buildup. Remember too that just the cleaning can irritate that sensitive baby skin, so that little bit of oil is soothing.
     

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