Hello from Whitchurch Shropshire and HELP!!!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Rachey62, Sep 17, 2012.

  1. Rachey62

    Rachey62 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 17, 2012

    I'm new to the forum, mainly joining because I need some advice about a new baby chick but a bit of background first...

    Started off with 3 wonderful Ex bats, Gertrude, Pete and Betsy, added 2 Silkie/Sussex quite successfully (Harriet and Veronica) Lost Betsy and Pete :( added 4 more Ex barn hens, Elvis, Sam, Velma and Daphne (named by our neice and nephew) Due to the incredibly Broody nature of V&H we decided to use them to hatch some eggs, after 3 weeks of high anticipation only 1 egg hatched, and H attacked the poor thing the second it appeared! Obviously we whipped it out and have been hand rearing since (little French Maran was 2 weeks old on sat), We've bought 3 other chick to keep it company, 2 are roughly the same age but we think one, a little orpington blue is a fair bit younger, prob only a week old now.

    Now for the help! The little orpington blue is suffering from a bout of "pasty Butt" We've been cleaning it with warm water and cotton buds but noticed a very red, raw almost bloody lump on the vent, it's doesn't appear to be actual blood and it's not coming from inside the vent, is this just irritated from the cleaning, we're trying to be very gentle, or it is something more serious? the little chick had been very lethargic whereas the other are active, cleaning eating etc, should we separate it and do we need to think about any supplements? I read something about adding sugar to the water to give it energy? I've been keeping an eye on them and not noticed any of them pecking at the red lump?



    Any advice would be greatly received, we're trying to be pragmatic about the whole thing and did intend to have any cockerels as table birds, but I just can't stand seeing the little think looking so weary, especially now we're hand raising rather than letting the Bantam so her job (miserable chicken!)

    Thanks you and hopefully my next post won't be so demanding,

  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings, Rachey62, and [​IMG]! Happy you joined us. Sounds to me like you are doing everything right. But if I were you I would post over in the Raising BackYard Chickens forum under Emergencies/Diseases/Injuries & Cures thread. The folks over there can give you more detailed advice. Best of luck to you and your chick!
  3. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    It looks like irritation, possibly from the cleaning. I clean my chicks off in the sink, put their little hindys under a thin stream of warm water and break down the paste by gently rubbing it between my fingers.

    Use a little antibiotic ointment on the red area, and watch that the other chicks don't pick at it - a red heat light helps.
  4. Rachey62

    Rachey62 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 17, 2012
    Thanks, that's what we've been doing, it didn't seem to like having it's bum shoved under running water but I know it's best for it! we have a red heat lamp too so that's good news, thanks for your feedback, sometimes you just need a bit of reassurance but if anything else comes to mind please let me know.

    Thanks again
  5. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
    I defiantly agree with the above posters advice so [​IMG]
  6. Red Barn Farms

    Red Barn Farms ~Friendly Fowl~

    Apr 12, 2012
    Kentucky Heartland
    Hello, welcome to BYC and ....

    [​IMG] [​IMG]
  7. 20736

    20736 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2012
    Welcome, and seems like you are on the right path.
    I am sure you will find the right amount of cleaning in a bit.
    Good Luck with the bitties.
  8. jbirds2012

    jbirds2012 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 14, 2012
    paicines, ca.

    i agree with the above advice. good luck.
  9. aaabirdman

    aaabirdman Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2012
    Welcome to BYC from NY[​IMG]
  10. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    I've already spoken to you on your other thread, but Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG]

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