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am i doing something wrong, help¬!!!!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by bene449, May 2, 2011.

  1. bene449

    bene449 New Egg

    Apr 30, 2011
    hi we got our chicks a couple of days ago, now a week+a half old. One of them had poo stuck to their bum *(vent?) so we removed it, but she has a big bald patch therre.. is this okay? Am i doing something wrong or is she ill?! help please [​IMG]
  2. Pairie Faring

    Pairie Faring Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2011
    Dodge City
    She is fine , you just pulled out her fuzz when you cleaned her vent. next time use a warm paper towel to loosen the poop and make sure she is dry before you put her back in her brooder.
  3. ginger c.

    ginger c. Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2011
    Also, put a dab of olive oil on/around her vent. That is supposed to help prevent pasty bottom
  4. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 29, 2011
  5. Anianna

    Anianna Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 28, 2010
    N/E of Richmond, VA
    Much of this has already been mentioned, but this is what is often referred to as "pasty butt" and it is pretty common. A blocked vent can be fatal, so you did the right thing by removing the blockage. Use some water to make poos come off easier next time and put some olive oil at the site to help prevent poos from sticking so much. It should clear up within a few days.

    You can use a Q-tip to gently put that bit of olive oil at the vent.
    Last edited: May 2, 2011

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