Dirty Bottoms Babies

StellaRella

Chirping
11 Years
Mar 19, 2008
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Oregon
I have raised many chicks in my life and still have yet to find out why chicks get pasty bottoms. I have read several different opinions on the internet, but does anyone know for a fact why this happens?
 

silkiechicken

Staff PhD
Premium Feather Member
12 Years
13 Years
Jan 25, 2007
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Everett WA/Corvallis OR
I think there are various reasons... the most common belief is the chicks getting chilled. I've rarely had a pasty bottom on a chick hatched at home, but I've had it happen to shipped chicks .
 

MissPrissy

Crowing
Premium Feather Member
12 Years
May 7, 2007
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Forks, Virginia
Runny pasty poop that dries on their bottoms and blocks them from further pooping. It can make them very sick and even cause death. Wash their little bottoms off well, apply some vaseline and keep a check. it will usually clear up on its own.

Giving new chicks sugar water can cause pasty butt.
 

zippychickens

Songster
11 Years
Mar 22, 2008
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N. CA
Thanks for the info. I have 15 araucana chicks and 1 white rock chick. they are all 1 week old and one has a pasty bottom. I'm going to go "doctor" him up.
 

Corey NC

Songster
12 Years
Mar 28, 2007
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North Carolina
If ever I have a chick that is showing signs of pasteing up I take a pair of hair sissors and very carefully trim all the fluff on the bum and put vaseline or antibiotic ointment and it has always worked.
 

SillyChick

Songster
12 Years
Dec 15, 2007
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Hmmm......don't know what causes it, but I'm scared of pasty bottoms. Not because it's a bit icky to clean, but that I might not recognize it...... :| I'm also curious on what causes pasty butts.
 

MissPrissy

Crowing
Premium Feather Member
12 Years
May 7, 2007
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Forks, Virginia
You will know it when you see it. Goopy poop that dries and stick to their butts and won't come off. It blocks them like a big nasty scab all stuck and dried in the fluff and on their skin back there. If you get pasty butt you'll know it - that's a promise.
 

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