a little constapation?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Coleslaw, Oct 22, 2010.

  1. Coleslaw

    Coleslaw In the Brooder

    Oct 16, 2010
    Oceanside, CA
    Hi my little roo has a little poo stickin out of his bum ive tried taking it out but he starts chirping like a maniac and i dnt wanna hurt him. Should i take it out or just let nature take its course?

    THANK YOU!!!
  2. wildeflowers

    wildeflowers I suspect fowl play!

    Jun 29, 2010
    Is it hard and dry?

    If it is, soak him in a little warm water and then wipe it off.
  3. silkieroo

    silkieroo Songster

    Apr 14, 2010
    Durham NH
    Try soaking his but in water... It will kill him if you don't get the poo off.
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    If he is a baby chick he needs to have this removed or he could die if it blocks his poo from coming out. This is called "pasty butt."

    If he is older, it is always nice to get those poo balls off them. I recommend soaking the area with warm water (be careful to support them in the water as they fall asleep sometimes). Then pick it off as it softens.

    Be SURE that you put him in a towel and dry him off and back under the heat lamp he goes. Or if he doesn't use a heat lamp (you can do this even with the heat lamp) dry him with a hair dryer but be sure you don't burn him.

    I've even stuffed little baby chicks down the shirt to warm them up after baths!!!!

    If he's almost grown up and it's cold outside I'd use a hair dryer on him. Chickens can catch a chill easily.
  5. Firearia

    Firearia Songster

    It will take awhile at first I couldn't do it and had my dad 'de-poop' the chicks, but I got it pretty quick. We had an old cloth and would soak it in warm water and pick up the chick. At first we'd hold the cloth there for a bit and then start to pick the poo off. It can be a slow process, but you'll get it off in time.

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