Always have poop on it's behind (pic enclosed)

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Birdys Barnyard, Jan 28, 2009.

  1. Birdys Barnyard

    Birdys Barnyard Out Of The Brooder

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    This lone chick always has poop on it's behind. Is this normal? It doesn't bother me but I just want to make sure it's ok.

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  2. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    It might be pasty butt. If left unchecked, this can kill a chick. Wash it off whenever you see it. And check all vents as much as you can (several times daily).
     
  3. Birdys Barnyard

    Birdys Barnyard Out Of The Brooder

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    Checking the vent? I have no idea what I'm looking at. [​IMG]
     
  4. Birdys Barnyard

    Birdys Barnyard Out Of The Brooder

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    I just put it's behind under the faucet running warm water. It was very hard and crusty, but I got it all off of her.
     
  5. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    Vent, butt, egg-laying tube. You have to push the fluff aside to see it.
    When she;s wet, you have to separate her from the other chicks for a time or they'll peck at the wet feathers.
     
  6. Birdys Barnyard

    Birdys Barnyard Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok thanks for your help! I really think this same crusty poop has been on her since day 2. I always thought it was wet but I was wrong.
     
  7. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    Oh dear. Is she lethargic at all? How old is she?
     
  8. roak417

    roak417 New Egg

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    I had a chick have the same problem. She always had poo on her rear end. I would just check the vent and make sure it wasnt blocked at all. Now she (a barred rock) is the main hen in the brooder.[​IMG] Just keep it clean and watch the vent for blockage.
     
  9. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

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    After you wash it, rub a little olive oil or baby oil on her fanny. That will help keep new poo from sticking.
     
  10. Birdys Barnyard

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    Thanks for all the suggestions! She is 8 days old and very active!
     

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