Chicken couldn't poop? Did I do the right thing?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by HalpMeh, Apr 4, 2017.

  1. HalpMeh

    HalpMeh Just Hatched

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    I just bought some chickens from tractor supply, and they were spry but one of them was slightly sluggish. (DAY 2)When I was hand feeding them I noticed the sluggish baby's butt had something on it. I looked at it and it was poop all on his butt. It was very hard (I mean it was pulling on his butt feathers whenever I touched it) and it didn't really allow the chicken to poop correctly. I tried to rub it off with a warm (damp not drenched) towel, trying to see if I could loosen it. He couldn't poop very well, and I was really worried. I had to cut it away because there was NO WAY to get it off. I didn't want the chicken to die of constipation or suffer anymore. I bought them some electrolyte and probiotic to go into their water so they could be healthier. I am just worried that I did something wrong. Can someone give me some pointers on how to prevent this. Did i do the right thing?
     
  2. Leah567

    Leah567 Hopelessly Addicted

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    Do you give your chicks grit? Not giving them grit can cause this. Just keep wiping them with a damp towel every few hours.
     
  3. Leah567

    Leah567 Hopelessly Addicted

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    I hope it helps! it did with our chicks!
     
  4. BantyChooks

    BantyChooks Too Many Chickens Premium Member

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    Yes, you did.

    Pasty butt is also often caused by high brooder temps. What is their heat source, and do they have an area to get away from it?
     

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