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Dirty bottom won't come clean

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by gel2727, May 8, 2009.

  1. gel2727

    gel2727 Songster

    May 5, 2009
    Hi. I brought 4 chicks home today, and one of them has hard clumped poo on it's bottom. I tried pulling it off, but its really stuck, and I was afraid of hurting her. I tried wiping it with a damp cloth, but it just won't come off. She's a really sweet chick, I don't want her to get sick, how can I get this off? Is it ok to give it a snip? Thanks.

  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    You can snip but it's probably stuck to the skin too. Just soak it til it softens. I hold them under a slow stream of running water -- warm of course! Then wrap them in a towel and hold them til dry.

    Vaseline after it's clean will help it come off easier if it happens again, and protect the skin, and make it feel better.

    Good luck with your chicks!
    Last edited by a moderator: May 8, 2009
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    What ddawn said.
  4. chickcritty

    chickcritty In the Brooder

    Apr 28, 2009
    Eugene, Oregon
    Hi. I'm new at this chicken thing, but I've been reading the posts for about a month on here and it sounds like the chick has pasty butt and you will want to make sure you remove it so the chick doesn't get backed up. Try soaking the chick's rear in warm water. I would be afraid to cut it off, thinking I might cut something I'm not supposed to. Good Luck
  5. gel2727

    gel2727 Songster

    May 5, 2009
    Thanks for your help, I'll try that. [​IMG]

    DODALDO In the Brooder

    Mar 13, 2009
    You must you must you must clean the chicks butt [​IMG] yes this happens and you need to clean it I lost one of mine to that same problem, didn't catch it in time. the wifey put me on chick butt patrol,
    Last edited: May 8, 2009
  7. countrybum

    countrybum Songster

    Sep 15, 2008
    area pop. 96
    I do as dawn stated:

    Run their bottom under warm water and wipe with a rag until it is all off. I then place them in a warm area with a heat lamp until the bottom is dry. If you do not get it off it will cause the chicken to get compacted and die.

    Warm water softens the stool quickly.

    Good luck with her.

  8. big greg barker

    big greg barker Songster

    Oct 26, 2008
    central maine
    Funny you should bring this up. We just got done picking through 50 chicks 10 minutes ago. I had a small pail of warm water that I held them in to soften the poop, then wiped it off with a cloth. Handed them to S.O. to dry off. The ones that were pasted up promptly "plopped" into her hand. Oh yay!!
    This routine will also be good to get them used to being handled and will make them more trusting of you, especially where you only have four and will be more pets than potential food.It would be good to do this daily.
  9. Soak a cotton ball with peroxide and hold that onto the poop. The foam will dissolve the poop, with no pulling of feathers, and no burning of the skin. Be sure to dry the chick well afterwards, and you can apply vaseline, or mineral oil to prevent it from sticking again.

    Good luck!
  10. gel2727

    gel2727 Songster

    May 5, 2009
    Thanks to you all, the running water worked like a charm. Gonna go get some Vaseline today. Thanks again!

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