1st day with chicks, some have poopy bottoms

my3jsons

Songster
9 Years
Feb 15, 2010
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Oklahoma
Am I just supposed to clean this off? Does this mean they are too hot? They don't act like they are trying to get away from the light. Or do they need yogurt?
 

Lesa

Songster
11 Years
May 28, 2008
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Upstate NY
Clean it off- pasty butt can be dangerous. I would stick to chick feed right now. If they have room to get out from under the light, they will stay where they are comfortable. Enjoy your babies!
 

chicmom

Dances with Chickens
10 Years
Feb 24, 2009
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Strasburg Ohio
I usually get a few chicks with pasty butt. You do have to clean that off because then that dried poo will block them up, and they can die from that. Pasty butt is usually a sign that they are too chilly. Now, if they are all staying clear of your brooder light, then raise it up just a bit.

I think after about the third or fourth day, those few chicks will outgrow the pasty butt, but just check them a few times a day until you don't see it anymore.

You can clean it off with some warm water and a paper towel--you've kinda gotta rub it between the paper towel and your fingers and crush it off, and if it's really stuck sometimes you can just trim those rear feathers just a tiny bit and that will solve your problem.

Just keep after it and things will be fine.

Good luck!

Sharon
 

Nostalchic

Songster
11 Years
Oct 14, 2008
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North Front Range Colorado
That pasty poo gets dry and hard pretty quickly, and can be really difficult to clean off with a paper towel and be careful not to pull it off, you can tear that delicate skin. What I've found works best, if you are in the house where it's warm, is to put warm water in a bowl and hold them in the warm water while gently cleaning the poo away with your fingers. They may struggle a little at first, but relax pretty quickly, almost seem to like it. Then put them under the heat lamp. You don't usually have to do this for very long, they grow out of this within a few days in my experience.
 
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FlashPointFarm

Songster
10 Years
11 Years
Jan 24, 2009
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Iowa
Yogurt will give them the good bacteria they need for their digestive system. That will help solve the diarrhea that is causing pasty butt.
 

Uzuri

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Mar 25, 2009
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Get somebody to help you, too -- it's way, way easier to gently clean a struggling chick with four hands involved. One person holds the chick kind of upside down and still, and the other one swabs.

My sister's fiance helped with my first (and so far, only) pasty butt issue... while my sister stood out in the hall and went "Ew ew ew ew ew!" I'm going to have to disown her and adopt him
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