Is this a problem and how do I fix it?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Quiksilver3133, Feb 12, 2016.

  1. Quiksilver3133

    Quiksilver3133 New Egg

    Feb 12, 2016
    So my wife bought some silkie chicks this morning. One looks like it has a blocked (protruding) vent, and when she left for work she told me to "take care of it" haha. So I'm tossing it out here to see if any of you might have thoughts. Pics are below, tried dabbing with a wet Q-tip, nothing really "came out", if that's even what I'm shooting for. Thoughts/remedies?

  2. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Flock Master

    Mar 9, 2014
    Northern Colorado
    The little chick looks very young so may be having a case of pasty butt. I would run a sink of water just deep enough that I could get the little ones bottom wet and gently clean the bottom with a paper towel. Then keep a close watch on it so you know for sure if it is able to poo or not. The protrusion may be from it straining to poo or from the irritation of the poo being stuck.
    Keep a watch on the vent to see if it recovers or not. I personally do not think this chick is a lost cause yet.

    Some chicks have a rough trip and have this happen as well as some chicks simply cannot clear the feathers when they poo.

    I would clean it as needed (any time you see it with poo stuck on) and make sure it is warm enough as well as that it is eating and drinking.

    I have had pasty butt happen to a polish that had a horrid trip and had to keep cleaning her for almost 3 weeks. Poor little dear was stuck in transit an extra 2 days.
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2016
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    It looks like it has a prolapsed vent. I would put some honey or hemorrhoid cream on the vent, and make sure the vent opening is clear of poop. These chicks don't always do well, but I would try to help it.

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