Dirty Bottoms Babies

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by StellaRella, Mar 21, 2008.

  1. StellaRella

    StellaRella Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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?[​IMG]
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    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 .
     
  3. zippychickens

    zippychickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is a pasty bottom?
     
  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    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.
     
  5. zippychickens

    zippychickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  6. Corey NC

    Corey NC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  7. SillyChick

    SillyChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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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.
     
  8. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    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.
     
  9. max13077

    max13077 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:[​IMG] That is unquestionably true....[​IMG]
     

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