4 day old chick trouble with pooping

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  1. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Oh, that looks much different!
    Swelling has gone down in second pic.....or optical illusion in first pic?
    Glad it seems all good!
     
  2. ambe0487

    ambe0487 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think it looks puffy because of the dried poop. I checked her against 3 or 4 of my other Ameraucana chicks and it didn't seem abnormal.

    I'm at a loss.
     
  3. DiamondSwan

    DiamondSwan Overrun With Chickens

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    Are you keeping her with the other chicks?
     
  4. ambe0487

    ambe0487 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do both. Overnight she is in her own place. I do switch her back and forth a couple times a day to make sure they are all together as well.
     
  5. DiamondSwan

    DiamondSwan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hmmmmmmm, I don't see how she's getting so messy. Did you try the wire mesh?
     
  6. ambe0487

    ambe0487 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I haven't. I forgot that suggestion. I'll run to Walmart tomorrow and grab some.
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Poop stuck to their butts, or leaking from it, has nothing to do with mesh on the bottom of the brooder.

    Why are you keeping her away from the other chicks?

    What is the temperature in the brooder, both right under the light and at the other end of the brooder?
    They need a cool place to go......too warm of temps can cause loose poops because they drink more to try and cool off.

    Keep the feed simple, just a balanced chick feed and plain water, let her system regulate.
     
  8. ambe0487

    ambe0487 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are two weeks old now and the brooder temp is 80's under the lamp and mid 70's on the other side. She doesn't sleep well around the others. One moves, they all move so it allows her to be sure she is resting enough to keep her strength. I haven't given her anything but chick starter and water over the last couple days.
     
  9. ambe0487

    ambe0487 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also, wouldn't I have more than one with this issue if the brooder was too hot?
     
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    Percheron chick Overrun With Chickens

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    I would be fermenting their chick starter. I haven't had one case of pasty butt since I started doing that.
    Are you cutting the light off at night and just leaving heat?
     
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