Chick with Poopy bum......Advice please.........

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ponygal12, May 20, 2010.

  1. ponygal12

    ponygal12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi everyone! This is my first time raising chicks and I have some questions. My about 2 day old New Hampshire Red has poo in her vent area. I wiped it early but now there's more. Is this normal? What can I do to help? I will take a picture if neccesary. Any advice is greatly appreciated....thanks!
     
  2. A1 Steak Sauce

    A1 Steak Sauce Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think I read on here about people rubbing the area with olive oil or the like... Hopefully someone will know for sure. Good luck!
     
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  3. Chickengal505

    Chickengal505 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello this stage your baby is going through is quite comman! Now this will seem weird but its called pastey butt Thats when the chicks growing and her tummy goes wacky!!! The runny poo gets on the fluff and can block the vent preventing the chick from releaving herself this part can be deadly! Now the fluff is the problem here so when i get chicks i tear some of the fluff of in your case take hold of the dried poop and pull it off it the point to get the fluff! Now she'll squack and it may bleed a tad but she'll thank you some day!
     
  4. ponygal12

    ponygal12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So it is normal.....phew..my chick had be worried therer. I'll keep cleaning it and tear off some fluff. Thanks!
     
  5. AndreaS

    AndreaS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chicks had pastey butt for close to a week after they were born! Just check them daily. It helps if you soak the crusted area with warm water before you try to remove it. I would be careful with tearing it off because I read on here about a few people ripping the vent area- then that could get infected. I would dunk their little butts in warm water, wipe them clean, trim the hair carefully with tiny scissors and then make sure to dry them really well so they don't get chilled. My chicks hated their daily "butt inspection" time!
     
  6. ponygal12

    ponygal12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I tore off and trimmed some fluff. She hates it to when I inspect her bum! Any advice to make all the chicks more friendly? They are kinda skittish now........
     
  7. Finn's Mom

    Finn's Mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Just keep picking them up and talk to them from time to time. Mine were skittish at first too, but they really seem to enjoy human company now. Like any animal, (or person for that matter!) some chickens will be more friendly than others. Have fun!
     
  8. Providence Too

    Providence Too Out Of The Brooder

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    I always use a tad of vaseline. Make sure you clear off old poo with baby wipes!
     
  9. AndreaS

    AndreaS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    After the traumatic "butt inspection" phase, I was able to get my chicks to like me again. I would just sit by their brooder box with my arm in there, talking softly to them until they got used to my hand and voice. Just persist, and once they are old enough and havve some grit, bribery with treats helps [​IMG]

    I think once they realize that you aren't going to hurt them every time you handle them they come around. My girls are total lap chickens now.
     
  10. ponygal12

    ponygal12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Alright, I plan on spending most of the rest of this afternoon with them. One more question. When can I take the paper towels out? Tomorrow maybe?
     

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