Chick has poece of poop stuck to bottom

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Gabrielle, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. Gabrielle

    Gabrielle In the Brooder

    Jul 9, 2011
    I was looking at my Buff Orpington chick, and she has been laying down repeatedly. So sure enough she has a peice of poop under her. We tryed a wet paper towel but it is not doing anything.

  2. Tiss

    Tiss Songster

    May 8, 2010
    When I've had that happen, I just pull the poo off- feathers and everything. They look a little silly with bare bottoms, but the poo doesn't stick again. [​IMG]
  3. CinnamonQueen12

    CinnamonQueen12 Chirping

    Jul 20, 2011
    Sometimes pulling off the feathers hurts them and can make them bleed alittle. we always use q-tips dipped in warm water and try to get the poop mushy enough to come right off. if all else fails, just cut the poop off. the feathers will grow back, and its less painfull than pulling it off. just dont cut the chick. Good luck!
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2011
  4. P-Funk

    P-Funk Songster

    Feb 20, 2011
    It's called Pasty Butt. Mineral oil and a paper towell SHOULD do the trick. One of my babies had it @ about 6 days old. Look up pasty butt in BYC home. Good Luck! I'm sure She'll be fine.

  5. Erinmir

    Erinmir In the Brooder

    Mar 8, 2011
    West Alexander, PA
    How old is your chick? Baby chicks DO often lay down a lot. For the first week ours slept a ton. Where is the "poop" on the bottom of your chick? If it is pasty butt for sure, the poo will be stuck right under the tail-nub of the chick. If it is lower down in the fluff and is dark brown to black it could be the chick's umbilical (if it is still only a few days old). If it is the umbilical you do NOT want to pull on it or remove it. It will fall off on its own.

    If it is poop and is blocking the chick's vent (right under the tail nub) then warm water and a little gentle rubbing with a q-tip, paper towel, or your finger (I know, gross! [​IMG] ) ought to release it. DH dealt with pasty on one of our polish gals for about a week or so until she finally got herself sorted out. I have heard some vaseline around the vent will help prevent future poos from sticking. Haven't tried that personally, though.
  6. EliseB

    EliseB In the Brooder

    Jul 19, 2011
    One of my little ones had some poo stuck that I couldn't get off and I didn't want to pull to hard. I just used a baby fingernail scissors and trimmed it off.
  7. shawnj72

    shawnj72 In the Brooder

    May 18, 2011
    Upper Michigan
    Warm water and a spounge with the green scotch pad on one side.. seems a little harsh but it is less stress on you and the chick.. works well

  8. Duramaxgirl

    Duramaxgirl Songster

    Feb 12, 2010
    What I do when pulling it off feathers and all doesn't work, Is turn the water on in the sink, bathroom or kitchen. Run warm water over their little bums till it all loosens up and then just wash it off. Be carefull to just get them barely wet and put them back under the heat lamp till they dry. And then bleach the sink out really good! [​IMG] Also paisty bum is in my experience caused by to high a temp in the brooder or to much vitamins in the water.
  9. Oldfort_mailman

    Oldfort_mailman "The Fortfather"

    Jul 19, 2011
    cleveland tennessee
    My wife and I have that happen with our chicks from time to time and she uses the warm water to remove the poo and then she takes a q tip with vaseline and goes arount the vent and just barely inside the opening. I can't promise the poo wont stick again but it has worked for us pretty much every time. Just goes to show that not having children doesnt mean you never have to clean up a little one's hiney.

  10. jmjmcelwee

    jmjmcelwee In the Brooder

    Apr 18, 2011
    Dillsburg, PA
    One of my girls had some dried poo on her a few days ago. Tried a wet paper towel but it didn't work. So I took a small bowl with warm water and dunked her but for a few moments. I was able to remove most of it and just used some school safety scissors to get the rest. Then I was nervous about the amount of vent sticking looks like a lot without fluff or feathers surrounding it! We put a little Preparation H on it just in case. She's just fine and pooping fine, now!

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