Can't remove the pasty butt!

rmonge00

Chirping
8 Years
Jan 30, 2011
120
1
99
Western Washington (Sultan)
Hi - my chicks are 3 days old and I just noticed that a few of them had some poo stuck on their bottoms (pasty butt)... Today I grabbed the chicks that had it and tried to remove it with warm water - but no sucess. I was scrubbing a bit and had to stop because I did not want to injure the birds!! Can I just cut off the little part of fluff that has it on there or should I just leave it?

Please Help!!

Ryan
 

Tuffoldhen

Flock Mistress
12 Years
Jan 30, 2007
7,502
84
301
WV
Try the warm water and then mineral oil or olive oil on a cotton swab. It takes alittle work sometimes to get pasty butt off chicks. Usually pasty butt is from stress, eating feeds to soon or not drinking enough water.
 

CityGirlintheCountry

Green Eggs and Hamlet
12 Years
Jul 7, 2007
6,950
130
311
Middle TN
I use fingernail scissors and trim the tushie fuzz away. It is easier to trim it than it is the get the caked on stuff washed off. It doesn't change how their feathers grow in and seems easier on the chick. Once I trim around their heinie I wash it off really well with warm water and then "baste" their tush with a little oil. It seems to help out.

Good luck. They scream like banshees when you try to clean those little heinies.
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CowgirlPenny

Songster
8 Years
Feb 17, 2011
733
2
131
South East TN
I had to soak for several minutes in warm water. But the water kept getting too cool so I eventually moved to the bathroom sink. 4-5 minutes later I started to see it dissolving and gently wiped. But yes, it can be stubborn and took a while to get off. Just gently wipe, like you would on a newborn baby. Pressure but not so much that its pulling the poop down with each stroke. You don't want to rip their skin!
 

Freckle Face Farm

Songster
11 Years
Jan 1, 2009
2,586
26
181
Florida
A lil peroxide breaks the poop up and its less stressful them holding the chick in water. Just pour a lil on the butt and let them sit for a minute and try to wipe away with tissue works great sometimes you have to do it twice..Just let the peroxide break it down.. I think this works well on silkies especially the lil fluffy butts. Hope this helps
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wbruder17

Songster
9 Years
Jun 7, 2010
1,661
17
153
Portland, OR
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I love how you brought back the words heine and tushy. Haven't used those in a while! Buttocks is fn, but the other two are better!
 

CityGirlintheCountry

Green Eggs and Hamlet
12 Years
Jul 7, 2007
6,950
130
311
Middle TN
I coach a swim team in the summer with kids age 4-18. You have to come up with multiple inoffensive ways to refer to that part of the anatomy. Tushie, tookus, heinie, derriere, rump, tush... I've got a million of them.
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AlabamaChickenLady

Songster
9 Years
Jan 4, 2011
300
4
111
Oak Grove, Alabama
I used warm water mixed 50/50 with peroxide and then I used Q-Tips to gently massage and rub the pasty stuff off of them. Took a little while, 5-10 minutes depending on how bad it is. Then I put an anticeptic on their hind-end. I have learned to have some old towels down and a garbage can close by just in case they poop unexpectedly.
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