Backside build up

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by fdehaven, Mar 2, 2012.

  1. fdehaven

    fdehaven In the Brooder

    Nov 17, 2009
    Woodland, PA
    Just got some chicks today and noticed that a couple have poo build up on their back side. Is this something i should clean/cut of or will it be ok? Its hard poo so it won't just pull off.
  2. mikecnorthwest

    mikecnorthwest Songster

    Mar 27, 2009
    Vancouver, WA
    My Coop
    Try softening it with warm water. I would definitely get rid of it to avoid pasty butt. I usually pay close attention to their backsides for the first week or two.
  3. crchickens

    crchickens Chirping

    Jul 9, 2011
    Blue Ridge, TX
    Yes, it can kill them, so you need to clean it off. I noticed they were having pretty loose poops, and read on the byc that raw apple cider vinegar is good for their droppings. I added it, and now they are all having much more formed droppings and no more dirty bottoms.
  4. felidaet

    felidaet Songster

    Dec 10, 2008
    Vancouver, Wa.
    I also have been reading about the "miracles" of raw ACV. I have never used it in the past but am going to use it this year. I just bought a bottle of it yesterday. I am going to put it in the waterers in my two coops for the adult hens this weekend. And I have started drinking some every day too. I hear it great for hum ans as well.

    Yes you need to keep your chicks bottoms clean. I usually use a wet paper towel to clean them. Some of them can be difficult to clean.
  5. ttclan

    ttclan Chirping

    Oct 20, 2011
    Estes Park, Colorado
    We use ACV as per our pediatrician's recommendation. It's good for our health is so many ways.

    Anyone know if it can be used in conjunction with typical vitamins and electrolytes for chicks?
  6. tweetysvoice

    tweetysvoice Songster

    Dec 30, 2011
    Lawrence, KS
    My Coop
    Just a note on the ACV, I read that you have to put it in a waterer that is plastic, not a metal one or it will react with the metal.
  7. twinzmom

    twinzmom Chirping

    Feb 22, 2012
    Saugerties NY
    About how much ACV should be used in a quart of water? I am cleaning the same butt every day and I am trying not to stress the little babies too much.

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