Baby with drinking problem??


11 Years
Mar 17, 2008
This is my first year raising chicks--we picked up 9 from the Feed Store on Friday....

We have 1 BO that eats just fine but when she drinks she takes a sip, cranes her neck really far back and opens her beak a few times. Then she puts her head back down and does the whole process again. She almost falls over from all the craning.

Do I need to do something? She seems fine in all other regards. In fact, she is the one pecking on everyone else.

We also lost one already (araucana). She had a fingernail-sized piece of shell adhered to the umbilical area...she seemed very drowsy and had a bit of pasty butt, which I cleaned for her. I initially tried to remove the shell because I thought it was a pine shaving, but stopped when I realized it was eggshell.

Anyone else have either of these problems? Other than that they seem fine...


Premium Feather Member
12 Years
Jan 26, 2007
BC, Washington Border
1. I've had plenty of chicks do the neck craning routine. Not to worry there.

2. Pasty butt can be cleared up quickly by feeding yogurt. Stabilizes the digestive system.

3. Running a little warm water over the shell will help it release. Chick may have hatched a little to the dry side.

4. Aren't they a little young to be going to the bar?

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