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Dirty bottoms

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Chicky Sarah, May 25, 2010.

  1. Chicky Sarah

    Chicky Sarah Hatching

    May 25, 2010
    Hi Everyone,

    We have 5 five day old chicks living in a box with a heat lamp (approx 80-90 degrees). They seem happy enough; eating, drinking, pecking etc and look like they are developing OK. However, 4 out of the 5 have dirty bottoms (pasty butt) I believe it's called. I've tried to clean them with a cotton bud and warm water with a dropper but it seems pretty stuck on. Also, they were getting quite distressed and I was worried I was hurting them. How resilient are they? Can they cope with being away from the heat lamp for a good ten minutes whilst I really work on them? And is it ok to take them completely away from the heat source and put their bums under running water? They don't seem to like being handled at all even though we talk to them all the time (they even have a radio!) and try and handle them a couple of times a day.
    Thanks in advance...[​IMG]
  2. BJnMe

    BJnMe In the Brooder

    Apr 3, 2010
    West Michigan
    Do a search for Pasty Butt, You will find tons of info and how to treat it.
  3. rungirl

    rungirl Songster

    Apr 7, 2010
    Columbus, Ohio
    I had a little chick with pastey butt this year. I took her in the house held her bottom under the faucet with a trickle of lukewarm water and worked it loose. Dried her off and put her back under the light. She was fine.
  4. Chicky Sarah

    Chicky Sarah Hatching

    May 25, 2010
    Thanks for the replies...we seem to have got most of the dirt off with cotton buds and warm water but now their bums are a bit red. It doesn't seem to be bothering them though. Is vaseline a good thinkg to put on them to try and sooth the skin? And do they grow out of this problem or do we keep having to clean them? [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 25, 2010

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