1 week old chick with vent gleet?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ProjectChick, Aug 24, 2014.

  1. ProjectChick

    ProjectChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of our 3, 1 week old chicks, I am thinking has vent gleet?

    I am very new to this and I have been doing the research. She looks like the pictures I have found, but those chickens all look a lot older. But she definitely has a "messy butt".

    She is also smaller than the other 2. But they are mixed breeds, and we don't know which breeds, so maybe she is supposed to be smaller.

    Is it possible for her to have this so young? Is there something else that could be wrong? And what do I do now? Is this something that the other two could "Catch"?

    Thank you all for your help.
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    A 1 week old would not have vent gleet, but pasty butt is very common. Make sure your brooder temperature is not too high since that and dehydration can be a cause. It's more common for the first 10 days in shipped chicks. I will quickly take the chick and under warm water put a little soap on my fingers and gently wash just the vent area getting all the poo off, and dry with toilet paper. Don't get the chick wet all over, just the vent. Some people take a little vegetable oil on a QTip and put a small amount on the vent opening. If the chick is not drinking well, dip it's beak in the water often.
     
  3. ProjectChick

    ProjectChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you so much for you reply. I feel much better. We will get her cleaned up. Thanks again.
     
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    You're welcome. I hope she does well.
     

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