Chicks and Pasty Butt...

janeyiswright

Hatching
Dec 14, 2015
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As the chicks have been settling in, we did have a case off pasty butt. 3 of the 4 chicks got it and a cleaning we went. They did great as we cleaned them up. I saw where a lady said she used apple cider vinegar to help with pasty butt, so I added a little to their water. Seemed to do the trick for a while. A week later only one of the chicks had it again. But now she is pasty butt free and I've replace the apple cider vinegar with chick electrolyte and vitamin supplement.

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boskelli1571

Crowing
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Mar 7, 2011
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It may be a little too warm in your brooder - that can sometimes cause pasty butt. Also, if you want to ensure that they get plenty of water, make a mash out of their food - that way they get plenty of fluids.
Aren't they gorgeous? Beware of Morehens disease....
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azygous

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Dec 11, 2009
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To have so many with pasty butt, you do need to take a serious look at your brooder set-up.

If the brooder is too small to be able to provide both a warm zone and a cool zone, the chicks may become overheated. This can be more dangerous, by far, than a brooder that's too cool.

Have you considered the heating pad system of brooding? See "Mama Heating Pad for the Brooder" on this forum. It virtually eliminates the danger of overheating by allowing the chicks to crawl into the heated cave when they feel chilled and then they spend the rest of their time playing in the rest of the cool brooder.

Some of us have even brooded our chicks under this system right outside in our coops and runs. It's so simple and easy and safe, those of us who've tried it will never go back to using heat lamps in small brooder boxes. The biggest advantage to brooding outside is the chicks develop cold hardiness from the beginning, eliminating the need to acclimate them from a hot brooder to a cold coop.
 

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