Constant Poop Butt

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jgaepi, Dec 9, 2011.

  1. jgaepi

    jgaepi In the Brooder

    Feb 25, 2011
    davis, ca
    One of my baby chicks has gotten clumped poop on its butt three times in 24 hours. I keep cleaning it with a warm, damp cloth and then it gets clumped up again. The last time a little butt fur came off. Otherwise the bird is very active and seems happy. It is hard to track this one particular bird but they all collectively are very interested in water and food. I started using a little grit in their food last night.
  2. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

    Jul 7, 2007
    Middle TN
    Take a pair of tiny sharp scissors like embroidery scissors or fingernail scissors and very carefully trim away all the fuzz on its little tush. Really get it down as close to the skin as you can. I have to trim up my silkie chicks every time. I trim an area just a little bigger than a nickle so that there is no chance of poop catching on anything. You can then "baste" their heinie with some oil. Some people use vaseline, but I think it is too sticky.
    Good luck!
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    How warm is the brooder? What size is the brooder? What do you give them for water?
  4. jgaepi

    jgaepi In the Brooder

    Feb 25, 2011
    davis, ca
    I've had them for only 24 hours. Their brooder is 3ft by 18in. 14in high. Lots of pine shavings. The heat lamp is about 22inches off the floor of the brooder. They love the height, they come and go. Lots of moving around. I give them regular tap water.
  5. Pele

    Pele Songster

    Feb 25, 2011
    CityGirl is absolutely right. Give the chickie a spa day! Give it a military butt buzz, and then put some olive oil on that hiney.

    Keep in mind that sometimes you have a chick that's pretty determined to paste, and nothing you do will prevent it. Just be vigilant, and it will stop like magic after the first week. I once had a chick that needed to have it's butt soaked twice a day, every day, for it's first week. Poor thing.
  6. BrattishTaz

    BrattishTaz Roo Magnet

    Jan 8, 2011
    Tampa Area, Florida
    You can put a dish of sand in the brooder to help prevent pasty butt. Make sure the brooder is not getting too hot. It should clear up the problem pretty quickly. [​IMG]

    Just keep cleaning the chick as needed until it is over it.
  7. jgaepi

    jgaepi In the Brooder

    Feb 25, 2011
    davis, ca
    I don't use a thermometer but I have the light at the recommended 24in height, and that they are active, moving into the light to nap then out, back and forth, back and forth. They seem pretty happy.
  8. M@M@2four

    [email protected]@2four Songster

    Mar 12, 2008
    Sounds like it might be just a tad too warm. Try lifting your heat lamp higher, clean his bottom really well, and then lather his bottom in medicated A&D or vaseline. It keeps the poop from sticking and drying! Good luck! [​IMG]
  9. snyder11

    snyder11 In the Brooder

    Apr 17, 2012
    Custer, SD
    I have the same problem with my chicks I cleaned there little butts and trimmed them. 2 out of the 4 have this problem. we will see what happens. I also added a little sand to there food and will place a plate of sand in the brooder. I wonder if I can leave the sand in there with out talking it out.

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