I think I have a problem...

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by MyNameIs86, Mar 30, 2012.

  1. MyNameIs86

    MyNameIs86 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 28, 2012
    New Jersey
    I think I may have a problem with one of my chicks. [​IMG]
    The smallest one has no fur on his bottom. The poop is stuck on and when I try to remove the dried stuff on his bottom it looks like it pains him. I noticed that he is not growing as big as the rest... What should I do?
    I would hate to have to cull him he has grown to be my favorite. [​IMG]

    What should I do?
  2. jdesq1

    jdesq1 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 17, 2012
    try loosening it up with some vaseline or vegetable oil
  3. Chick Norris

    Chick Norris Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2011
    Chester County, PA
    Sounds like pasty butt. This will kill your chick. You need to moisten the dried stuff on his bottom as soon as you can. Use some warm water or soapy water. This should help you remove the pasted up stuff and prevent any real pain to the chick. Once everything is removed, dry him off as much as you can and make sure he is kept warm until he completely dries. Search on here for pasty butt if you want more advice.
  4. un-named543

    un-named543 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 17, 2012
    SE Minnesota
    .....or a wet rag. Then maybe put vaseline or vegetable oil on the skin so the poo won't stick in the first place? Not sure if it would work.
  5. ChickendeVille

    ChickendeVille Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 11, 2012
    Pacific Northwest
    I am not an expert by any means and never dealt with this but I read about the dried poop and saw that using a paper towel with warm water would help in removing it gently. Also, you should address this soon as this may cause your chick to die as it blocks its vents.
    Hope this helps.
  6. kipper

    kipper Chillin' With My Peeps

    I like the vaseline/oil idea, too. I have also held them on their side, vent under a very light stream of skin temp water, this will loosen it up, but be sure to pat dry and put back in a heated brooder ASAP. Poop will stick sometimes, and it is usually only a problem if it covers the vent.

    I hope it pulls through.
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2012
  7. 3LilBirds

    3LilBirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    I had the same issue. It was really bad. I took a little bowl of warm water and stuck the back end in, let it soak and gently wiped it with a paper towel. Make sure not to let the little one get cold. Dry the chick once back end is clean and apply Vaseline or oil. I used olive oil because that's all I had. I made sure to put fresh olive oil on with a q-tip everyday until his/her poops are normal.
  8. 3LilBirds

    3LilBirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh if you soak the back end and the chick is possibly a little constipated which I didn't realize mine was. I ended up needing a second bowl because the warm water made my little one poop like crazy. I could see the relief on Nugget's face afterward though.
  9. MyNameIs86

    MyNameIs86 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 28, 2012
    New Jersey
    will this pasty butt ever go away or do i have to keep soaking him in water?
  10. chickensinwasillaAK

    chickensinwasillaAK Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 2, 2011
    Wasilla Alaska
    wipe the olive oil on the vent, took care of the problem for me.

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