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aloe vera on chick bum?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Autumn Mama, Mar 18, 2009.

  1. Autumn Mama

    Autumn Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi all,

    My 4 day old BLRW has been battling pastey-butt.

    Now the bum area is raw and the chick is pecking at itself.

    It passes poop and is eating and drinking, though less than previous.

    The vent area looks swollen and slightly disdended, and I've got some organic aloe vera gel on hand, and wondered if a little dipped on it's bum would soothe and hopefully heal it? I'm thinking a raw bum has got to hurt. [​IMG]

    Thoughts or experience with using aloe vera gel?

    BTW, avg is *wonderful* for other purposes, like digestion etc., so I'm not worried about the chick ingesting it, as I would be with chemically-laden drugstore stuff, ie polysporin....
     
  2. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    I would try treating it topically with maybe Neosporin or something similar to that. Perhaps Blu-Kote?
     
  3. Autumn Mama

    Autumn Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are those safe for a chick to eat?

    The chick is picking it's bum and may ingest whatever's there.

    If possible I'm looking for more natural possibilities, however if you have personally had a chick eat this (neosporin/Blu-kote) and was okay, that would help me feel more informed to choose.

    Edited to Add: the Aloe vera gel *would be* topically applied...
     
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2009
  4. thebritt

    thebritt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 5, 2009
    Humboldt County
    Aloe is rarely a bad thing. It's very soothing. But if you want to try something else, Prep H is also awesome - it's purpose was originally to help ease the pain and inflamation of a sore butt! Would be good to find the cause, though. Also, soaking in warm water and wiping with a clean piece of on old t-shird should be infinately more comfortable than "ripping"!
     
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  5. Autumn Mama

    Autumn Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm fairly certain the cause was a handler at the local Co-Op (where I ordered them) "ripping off the pasty-butt poo like removing a bandaid".[​IMG]

    This was how she explained how to do it, to me, should I need to. She went on to explain that, "some fluff will come off the skin too, and then poo won't stick to it anymore." OUCH! [​IMG]

    I noticed this chick's bum was red and disdended a little upon arrival home. Some in their brooder had pasty bottoms too. They had a few like that. Normal, I guess, considering their travel from across the country into British Columbia. That's where I live. [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2009
  6. farmer macdonald123

    farmer macdonald123 Out Of The Brooder

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    vasoline applied daily with a cue tip
     
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2009

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