Help! Not pasty butt.. What is it?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by beneduck14, Jan 18, 2017.

  1. beneduck14

    beneduck14 Chirping

    Feb 20, 2015
    Cattlet, VA
    So last night I cleaned a chick's butt due to some pasty butt problems.

    This afternoon I checked him again and found that he wasn't very active and couldn't poop. He does the squat and wing stretching but nothing comes out, then he immediately crouches down lower and starts to shake his whole body little. Other times he just virbrates his wings constantly.I checked his vent and it looked kind of swollen.

    He is eating and preening.

    What am I dealing with?
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2017

  2. beneduck14

    beneduck14 Chirping

    Feb 20, 2015
    Cattlet, VA

    Please help!
  3. frenchiegirl21

    frenchiegirl21 Songster

    Feb 9, 2013
    South Central Texas
    Has he been eating and drinking regularly? It sounds like he may be constipated. If you have a syringe or an eyedropper you can try to get some water in him. Add a little sugar to the water for some extra energy to see if that will kick-start him into eating and drinking on his own again.
  4. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser 9 Years

    May 19, 2009
    go to tractor supply or your local feed store and get the smallest bottle of Bovidr Labs poultry nutri-drench. Give the chick one drop only by mouth. repeat as needed every 8-10 hours until perky. Out it in his water so the water looks like weak tea. Keep in water for the next 2 weeks to get the chick of to a strong start. Read the poultry , testimon and articles sections.
    This is an all natural emergency nutritional supplement that does not need to be digested.
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2017
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  5. beneduck14

    beneduck14 Chirping

    Feb 20, 2015
    Cattlet, VA

    He is eating by himself but I haven't seen him drink on his own. I added sugar and he seems to be doing better. How do I help with the constipation
  6. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging 8 Years

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Mineral oil. Now.

    Or coconut oil or olive oil.

    With a baby chick, the easiest way to get mineral oil into them is to hold a small cup of it under their beak and they will probably take a healthy swig thinking it's water. This usually just works once. Hah!

    If the chick won't oblige by drinking a bit of oil on its own, you will need to get some into its beak with a syringe. It's very risky since a chick could aspirate the oil, but if you do it carefully, squirting a tiny drop at a time into the right side of its beak, it will probably be okay.

    For good measure, squirt some oil up its butt to loosen things on the bottom end.

    Coconut oil smoothed onto the vent will help with the swelling and discomfort. Preparation H will also help.
  7. beneduck14

    beneduck14 Chirping

    Feb 20, 2015
    Cattlet, VA
    Olive oil pure with no water or anything mixed in? Huh... i'll have to give that a try

  8. EileenC

    EileenC In the Brooder

    Jul 22, 2015
    It sounds like it's not drinking enough water. I agree with giving it oil especially up the butt. Let us know how your baby is doing.

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