baby chix with hard fecses on its rear

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chixlady, Apr 24, 2009.

  1. chixlady

    chixlady New Egg

    Apr 24, 2009
    How do I get the dried on fecses off the rear of the tiny baby chix? and why does it form on some and not on others?
  2. justhatchin

    justhatchin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2008
    Galva, Kansas
    It is called pasty butt. You just take a wet paper towel and wash it off. Sometimes you might need to get the butt really wet in a bowl or such. Why some get it and others don't ? I thought it was caused by stress or over eating? Others who know more will answer I'm sure.
  3. rejoicing

    rejoicing New Egg

    Apr 13, 2009
    ew-pasty butts. You have to wash it off with a warm wet washcloth, or even a little bit of oil. If you don't they can die [​IMG]

    Maybe a more experienced person can tell you more
  4. aidenbaby

    aidenbaby Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2009
    My "cure" for pasty butt.

    Tools needed: small bowl or jar, warm water, paper towels, q-tips, lubricant (olive oil, veggie oil, vaseline, k-y jelly), hair dryer (optional), molasses (optional)

    Step 1: Put warm water in a small bowl. You want it deep enough for the chicks bottom to be covered with water. Don't make the water too hot or too cold, it needs to be around the same temperature you would washa human baby in. Let the chick soak for about 5 minutes. Do not leave the chick unattended for ANY reason.

    Step 2: Remove the chick from the water and wipe it's rear gently with paper towels, baby wipes, whatever you have. Once the vent is cleared, the chick may poo... A LOT. If it does, wipe that away as well.

    Step 3: Finish drying the chick. You can use a hair dryer (be careful not to burn by having the heat too high or too close), more paper towels, whatever. You just want to get the chick as dry as possible.

    Step 4: Take a q-tip and use it to apply the lubricant to the vent and the feathers surrounding the vent. This is to help prevent it from recurring.

    Step 5 (optional): You can add molasses to the chicks water to prevent it from occurring. I don't know how much as I've not done this myself.
  5. 10chicks

    10chicks Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 4, 2008
    Another idea- last year somw of my peeps were getting pasty butt often and then I realized the pine shavings were to fine and they were eating it with their food and it was clogging them up and I had to use the q-tip trick to unbind them. Make sure your shavings aren't the very fine kind.
  6. the_great_snag

    the_great_snag Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2007
    Staples, Minnesota
    I had one this year that kept pasting up because he would sit with his butt to the wall of his enclosure.

    Luckily in his case the vent was not blocked though. It still took lots of gentle swabbing with a wet paper towel to get him cleaned up though.
  7. Chicken Fruit

    Chicken Fruit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2009
    Echo Homestead
    i hold the chicks butt under warm running water and pick and pinch at the feces until its cleared away enough for them to eleminate without it collecting again. Those feathers will very shortly be replaced with better ones, and the internal flora of the gut will prevent such build up.

    I blow dry their booties once iam done too. So they dont get chilled or pecked at.
  8. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    A vet on here said he liked Vaseline after the cleaning best. I hold them under warm running water, too. I also put paper towels over the pine for the first day or two.

    Lots of causes for pasty butt; one is shipping stress.

    I have read on here a recommendation against using the molasses, but using organic ACV in the water, 1 tsp to 1 Tbsp per gallon.
  9. ~*Sweet Cheeks*~

    ~*Sweet Cheeks*~ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
    Medford, Oregon
    Wet paper towels or wash cloth didn't work for me. I gentle hold the baby chick in one hand with it's bottom facing forward with the bathroom water running a little - tepid water. Barely let the water run over caked on poo and gently soften it with your fingers without pulling. After a minute or two or three, it will soften up enough to come off.

    You can then look and see the chicks vent usually going in and out. They do usually poo right after.

    I then use a dry wash cloth do dry really well and put back in warm brooder. I don't use a hair dryer because of the noise.

    Mine only came from the feed store with paste butt or got it within the first two days. Once cleaned up, it didn't return.
  10. toyzbox

    toyzbox Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2009
    Crestview, Fl
    Quote:O.K. I did this and you would not believe the look I got from those little girls [​IMG]

    Make sure to sing a little Frank Sinatra or something to them first. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

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