Help!!!! hard plug in day old chicks bum

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jobmcd, Mar 19, 2009.

  1. jobmcd

    jobmcd In the Brooder

    Mar 19, 2009
    Baltimore, Md
    I noticed the chick hasn't been lying down when sleeping/resting. It's standing up, I checked it out and it has a hard plug in it's bum, it's not pasty it is a solid plug inside. Warm water hasn't done anything, please help me, heard that backed up chicks die quickly!
  2. columbiacritter

    columbiacritter Songster

    Jun 7, 2008
    Scappoose Oregon
    Need to actually put the chicks bum in warm water. Soak it as long as needed to soften the plus, it may take several treatments.
  3. serendipity22

    serendipity22 Songster

    Jul 1, 2007
    are you sure its not her umbilical cord?

    Many folks get confused with this one.

    If you see another hole higher up (closer to her backside) then what you're messing with is the umbilical cord. LEAVE IT ALONE, it will drop off on its own.
  4. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    You need to get that off as soon as possible. Run it's bum under warm water. If it is as hard as you say, it is going to take time. But It Will come off. You just have to work at it. Chicks tend to get this in the first few days of life. They do grow out of it. Just check them every other day.

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    Last edited: Mar 19, 2009
  5. Jenski

    Jenski Songster

    Jun 17, 2008
    Middle Tennessee
    I agree with all other posters; check first to make sure you're seeing a pasted bum and not another problem.

    If it is pasty butt, I would hold the chick's bum under gently running warm water in the bathroom sink. I also wipe GENTLY with a damp paper towel or rag. It will take a few minutes for the poo to soften under the water, but I assure you it will indeed soften and fall off. Dry chick off, pop back into the brooder.

    You might also check brooder temp, as too hot or too cold temps can contribute to pasting up.

    Good luck!
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2009

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