Help!! Few day old chick with Pasty Vent

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by swift081702, May 16, 2009.

  1. swift081702

    swift081702 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2009
    Kiowa, CO
    This is our first time with chicks and one has a Pasty Vent. So, I cleaned it off the best I could. Problem, now the vent is inflamed/protruding and red/bleeding? I put vaseline on her. Anything else I can do? Is it too late? She didn't poo when I was done cleaning? Very worried, our 3yr old loves this little girl...she's the tiniest one in the group and she named her Hattie.
  2. fernandez0067

    fernandez0067 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 2, 2008
    I had the same problem with 2 out of the 3 chicks I got from TSC.

    I cleaned off the poo as best I could. Dunked the little ones behind in warm water and massaged it to get the rest off. This may or may not make the chick poo again.

    Then Id dry it off and rub a little olive oil on its vent. I did this for a couple days , a couple times a day, and the pasty butt finally disappeared.

    The vent on mine was very inflammed but no bleeding. Someone suggested dabbing prep H on it to reduce the inflammation, but mine went away within a couple days so I never got to that point.
  3. DiVon80

    DiVon80 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2009
    Pearl River,Louisiana
    Pasty butts,it should be part of your routine to check butts. Also use some parakeet/finch gravel in there food. I just rince w/ warm water and let them dry on there own..
  4. emilyweck

    emilyweck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2009
    Eugene, Oregon
    I agree with the previous posts.....just keep her clear and lubricated. Keep us posted on her progress.
  5. mach4chic

    mach4chic New Egg

    Sep 14, 2008
    I also had my first foray into dealing with pasty bottom with this batch of chicks. One of ours had a vent that would prolapse at least an inch when she tried to poop. It looked terribly painful and raw. She did not have active bright red bleeding. I posted my concerns here and was told to try molasses in their water as a laxative, which I did for about a week in addition to keeping her clean and lubed. She seemed to not struggle to poo so much after only a day but, took at least two weeks to be completely back to normal. She has also grown more slowly than the rest of the chicks. Slow growth due to malabsorption of nutrients from all the constipation? I don't know.
    Last edited: May 16, 2009
  6. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

    Dec 16, 2008
    my friends think I am nuts when I show them the new chicks and they watch me pick up each one and look at its bottom lol I dont usually have much of a issue with to ones I hatch but there is always 1 or 2 that get it. when I have chicks shipped I usually have quaiet a few that get it for the first few days. the advice is good. I just hold their butts under a small stream of warm water and gently massage it off
  7. aank4

    aank4 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 22, 2009
    Washing off the poo as best you can helps a lot. Just don't get her soaking wet - the little ones can't regulate their body temperature well, and you don't want them to chill. I had a chick in my first batch that had problems with pasty butt and a red vent, and I ended up putting a little prep H on her bum to reduce the swelling, and a drop of blue food coloring so the other chicks wouldn't notice the red and peck at her. Worked really well!
  8. swift081702

    swift081702 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2009
    Kiowa, CO
    Ok, now I have two with this problem. I've got both cleaned up and put vaseline (no Prep H, in the house) on them. I cleaned up Hattie again, since it plugged up again. I'm having a hard time getting off the crusty black stuff. Any ideas to get it off easier? I feel like I'm pulling to hard, which may be causing more inflammation. They are just so tiny, I feel like I'm going to hurt them.
  9. swift081702

    swift081702 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2009
    Kiowa, CO
    So, after reading more it seems that what has happened to the littlest one is she actually has a prolapse. Am I supposed to push this back? Her poo keeps getting stuck.

    Here's a pic, the best I could get.

  10. 3peeps

    3peeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 4, 2007
    I don't know anything about solving a prolapse problem, but I like the blue food coloring idea mentioned above. One of mine had a persistent pasting problem for a week and it seemed that at that stage the chicks were picking at each other a lot. Any redness or bleeding would have been a problem.

    I've read that temperature in the brooder can exacerbate pasting, and I did have a problem regulating the brooder temperature at first.
    (turned out to be drafts from our new high-efficiency furnace that runs continuously)

    Best wishes with your chick.

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