10 week old chick with constantly messy bottom

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by CoolClucker, Aug 29, 2013.

  1. CoolClucker

    CoolClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 14 ten week old chicks and one is having a problem with a messy butt. I've had to give her 3 butt baths and she's about to get a 4th. She isn't pasting up, it's on her butt underneath her vent area. They live on pine shavings, medicated grower/starter crumbles, fresh water, and have not been moved in weeks. She is the only one with an issue. She is eating/drinking fine and active. It's just that she is always a mess. Any ideas on why this might be happening and how to fix it? I don't want to have to give the poor girl a butt bath once a week for 10 years. And she preens herself daily. I notice too that she squats super low when she poos. I was using ACV and thought that might be the culprit so I am just giving straight water now. Just need a bit of advice please. thanks !
     
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    ten chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Other than cleaning and trimming feathers around area,not really. Her squatting low to poop may be the problem,does she have diarrhea or just dirty feathers from dragging in poop? I switched to sand b/c i could not stand dirty feet,did not matter how many times i changed shavings,feet would still get dirty.
     
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  3. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Overrun With Chickens

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    Don't use ACV. Get some Probios dispersible powder and use 1/2 tsp per gallon of water. Use some vitamin-mineral powder in the water too according to label directions. Do this 3 days a week. I've heard much about bad digestion happening frequently with medicated feeds/ or low quality feeds. I prefer to use organic feeds and use Corid at a preventative dose every three weeks until the birds are at least 6 months of age.
     

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