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Help ! My day old chicks butt is blocked!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Monica Ruth, Oct 10, 2013.

  1. Monica Ruth

    Monica Ruth New Egg

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    Hi just wondering what I should do!!!
    We have just hatched out our first ever chicks - out of five eggs, we have one egg yet to hatch, three healthy fluff balls and one who's not too good. It hatched this morning and still had a small amount of yellow goo plus what I think was the umbilical cord. Ten hours on the cord has shrivelled and dried up but the butt is looking blocked. I has fluffed up and appears ok, but worried about the butt, looks blocked, dry and sort of bulging ( ill try and post a pick with this post) Looks like it would have no chance of getting a poop out. I have not interfered but wondering if there is anything I should be doing?? It's a bit hard to see in the picture, but looks totally different to the other chicks??
     
  2. Fancychooklady

    Fancychooklady Overrun With Chickens

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    In the absence of a pic, the only advice I can give, would be to wash its butt with warm running water and add a splash of Apple cider vinegar to the drinking water. To encourage it to drink , dip your finger in the water and touch the end of the beak.
    And welcome to BYC.[​IMG]
     
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  3. SweetLilChicken

    SweetLilChicken Out Of The Brooder

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    Your chick might have pasty butt.

    You can read up about it.
    You have to remove it before it clogs up until the chick cant poop.
    I usually use a damp paper towel and gently keep wiping the bottom. Just to say you have to be patient with this stuff, it does take a while to get rid of all the gunk! I sit there for about half an hour doing it.

    Good Luck!
     
  4. SweetLilChicken

    SweetLilChicken Out Of The Brooder

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    also... [​IMG]
     
  5. Monica Ruth

    Monica Ruth New Egg

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    Thanks for advice and warm welcome to BYC, sorry, I've taken a pic but can't work out how to attach ?
     
  6. Fancychooklady

    Fancychooklady Overrun With Chickens

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    Don't worry Hun, we'll just have to use our imagination. Since I started adding acv to my chicks water, I haven't had any pasty butt. Your little guy may have dried membrane or yolk over its little butt. Use nice warm water and rub gently with your fingers , till you can see the vent.
     
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  7. lauras silkies

    lauras silkies New Egg

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    Don't put acv in metal water source always plastic. A few granules of sugar to warm water should give baby a energy boost. As above wiping the bum will stimulate the muscles and help clear block as well as cleaning any external restrictions away. The yolk of a hard boiled egg is also a good boost for baby. Hope this helps
     
  8. Fancychooklady

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    I give mine scrambled egg with Greek yoghurt mixed in. How is the little guy doing?
     
  9. sepaditty1

    sepaditty1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Question for you guys. I have a chick that looks like it has pasty butt. I have never seen pasty butt before, but I guess this is it. Upon wiping, I noticed that it looks like the vent is really protruding. Is that just part of pasty butt? Is something wrong with her? [​IMG]

    I took a picture but can't seem to load it. I'll keep trying, but in the mean time, has anyone ever seen what looks like a hemorrhoid?
     
  10. pipemum

    pipemum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a chick that came to me with pasty butt. Her vent protruded, and did a weird pulsing thing, for quite a while. Like, 3-4 months. In fact, she could still have a weird pulsing vent, but feathers finally covered her up. The pasty butt cleared up right away, but I kept a bit of vaseline on the vent to protect it from dryness for a few days since the area seemed irritated. Like the OP's chick, my chick also had some umbilical cord attached, and that area was also swollen for a few days. She ended up fine. Your chick's vent is probably just swollen from pasty butt and should be fine in a few days.
     
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