How to get rid of pasty butt ?!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by connor97, Dec 26, 2012.

  1. connor97

    connor97 Chillin' With My Peeps

    One of my little chicks has pasty butt and I can't even get it off ! D:
    Today it was really bad and I accidently pulled some of her little feathers out. How do you guys take care of this? I have some probiotics for humans, could I put a little in their water to help or would probiotics hurt them ?
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Probiotics are good for chickens. There are some formulated for fowl or you could just feed plain yogurt.
    Don't worry about the feathers, just get it off.
    I use a soft cloth with vinegar on it and dab until softened or dip the butt or just pull it off but get it off.
    It should clear up after a couple days.
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Soak her backside in running warm water, but make sure it's not too hot. It'll soften the poo so you can get if off. I've started adding a little apple cider vinegar in their drink water. It really helps with pasty butt, I haven't had any problem since I've started using the ACV. See if you can get the unfiltered one with the "mother" in it. Next time after you cleaned your chick's bum, put a little vaseline or olive oil on the area. It'll help prevent the poo sticking again.
  4. spotsplus

    spotsplus Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 29, 2008
    Franklin, MA
    I use a Q-tip and some warm water. Takes about a minute to soak the poop til it softens enough to come off but it doesn't take any feathers off this way.

  5. mtnviewfarms

    mtnviewfarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Make sure their water is warm when you put it in the brooder and put a small amount of apple cider vinegar ( with the mother ) in the waterer. I use a paper towel with warm water to remove pasty
    butt - be very gentle but if a tiny bit of feather fuzz comes off with the pasty butt that's preferable
    to leaving it on as they usually die if not removed.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by