Chick with Pasty Butt/Prolapse? HELP!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by LittleRedCoop, Mar 15, 2012.

  1. LittleRedCoop

    LittleRedCoop Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all,

    Today I went to Tractor Supply and brought home some pullets. One little girl, my Australorp, had pasty butt. After cleaning it off I noticed a sac-like irritated protrusion from her vent, sounds liek prolapse. It must really hurt because she cries when I try to clean it. I had to ignore the cries even though they broke my heart and I rinsed her bum in lukewarm water until all the poo was gone, and then applied a little vaseline with a Q-tip. She poos normally and with what seems to be little trouble and she's eating/drinking/running about as normal.

    What should I do? Do I, *gulp*, try to push it back in, or do I continue cleaning it a few times each day and apply vaseline and hope it goes back to normal? I really feel for this girl because it seems to hurt. Please help!!!
     
  2. M.sue

    M.sue Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2011
    Michigan
    Poor baby...soaking it and cleaning it is good but I can't say anymore than that. Hopefully someone with a lot knowledge will reply.
     
  3. LittleRedCoop

    LittleRedCoop Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you. I am very concerned, she seems fine expect for when I clean it. But I can't imagine it feels good :(
     
  4. M.sue

    M.sue Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2011
    Michigan
    Just keep an eye on it to make sure it stays clean. Maybe the vent is just swollen from being pasty.
     
  5. LittleRedCoop

    LittleRedCoop Out Of The Brooder

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    Will do, thanks. Is there anything I should put on it besides vaseline?
     
  6. M.sue

    M.sue Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2011
    Michigan
    I don't even know if the vaseline is good or not. Why don't you try posting under the emergency section. I think you will have better luck getting a response.
    Be specific as how old, symptoms you described and whether or not it's eating, drinking, moving about.

    PS. Please do not let this incident discourage you about chickens. Sometimes crap happens that we have control over, natures way of dealing with things sometimes. Good luck!!
     
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2012
  7. LittleRedCoop

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    Thank you!! I may do that. Her little bum looks much better today than it did the day we brought her home. The prolapse is still present but it doesn't look as irritated and I am applying the vaseline several times a day. I did read that vaseline should help. It is also helping the poo pass easier. Thank you very much for your encouraging words, and I will not let this discourage me!! I raised chicks last Spring with no issues. I am being tested this time around and I am determined to get through it. She is a very brave and active chick with lots of courage.


     
  8. M.sue

    M.sue Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2011
    Michigan
    So glad to hear that the little fuzz ball is slowly improving! Does she/he have a name?
     
  9. LittleRedCoop

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    Yes of course! Her name is Penelope [​IMG]
     

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