6 day old Keat has pasty butt


Sep 16, 2016
Wildlife Rehabilitator in NC
I incubated 4 guinea eggs from my guineas that are laying. They hatched out within minutes of each other. They are in a brooder with a heating pad and plenty of room to get away. My brooder is 2 1/2 feet wide and 4 feet long. I noticed 3 days ago 3 of my keats had pasty butt. I cleaned them with warm water. 2 of my Keats has cleared up with no recurrence. 1 keat still has pasty butt, when I cleaned it today I noticed it was a little bit swollen so I put a small amount of vaseline on it, incase pasty butt was why it was a little bit swollen. When I put him back in with the others, they started pecking at his butt. I put him back under the heating pad. I have noticed when the others are out running around, he stays under the heating pad but eventually comes out. They don't seem to peck him then. Should I put him in a separate cage until he heals or what can I do to heal his pasty butt?


In the Brooder
5 Years
Feb 25, 2014
If you have the ability to separate the one out for a few days it wouldn't be a bad idea. Once somebody starts getting picked on it can be hard to stop. When you reintroduce the one, do it at night after everybody's gone to "roost".
Good luck with your chicks!


8 Years
Jan 4, 2012
Might want to soak or run water only on the pasty poop... the water will soften it up so you don't have to wipe it... (then a quick blow dry) warm heat... =)

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