In the Brooder
- Mar 2, 2011
My hubby and I are new to raising chickens. We bought 3 chicks at the feed store 4 days ago, 2 sicilian buttercups and 1 wyandotte. Both buttercups have had poop stuck on their bottoms. But pulling it off, or wiping it with warm wet paper towels distressed them, so we've left the stuck poop alone. Little did we know that poop on their butts was dangerous and could kill. I came home today after a few hours gone to find one of the buttercups (my 2 year old daughter had named her "Doe-Tee") dead. A little research led me to this forum and helped me discover the predicament Doe Tee must have been in. I checked her vent and it was stuck, totally closed off by the poop on the outside. I am so sad and wondering what else I have missed. Need some helpful advice. Do I need to check and regularly clean the other buttercup's butts, even though it stresses her out? Are there other things I can do? Does a bit of molasses in the water really help? How about some oatmeal in their chicken starter? What affect does temperature have? (They are indoors, house temp is usually in the 60s, they are in a bin with pine shavings and a 50 watt bulb, about 6-8 inches above them. The thermometer currently says 98 degrees in the warmest part of the bin.) We have been holding the chicks, letting them walk around a bit, and giving them mealworms as treats. Are they too young for that? When I put Doe Tee back in the bin under the light this morning after her treat time, she was the picture of health (other than the usual poop on her bottom), although I noticed her nuzzling up to the other two chicks as though she was cold.