Is this sticky butt or do I have to keep on top of this?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by 09northernchick, May 2, 2009.

  1. 09northernchick

    09northernchick Out Of The Brooder

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    I notice that sometimes my 3 day old chicks have some poop stuck to their bottoms. I have been wiping it off [​IMG]

    I went to tidy up one little girl tonight and I just can't get it off. It has dried there. It isn't runny or sticky. It just looks like normal poop that dried there.

    Should I just let nature do it's thing, try washing it off again with a wet cloth, or is it pasty butt?
     
  2. Zahboo

    Zahboo Simply Stated

    Feb 3, 2009
    Hope Mills, NC
    I would clean it like pasty butt. If it isn't it could quickly form into pasty.
     
  3. Biddieacres

    Biddieacres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2008
    Run the bottom under luke warm water to get it to soften and come off. If it stays on too long it could really hurt the chick.
     
  4. JewellFarm

    JewellFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
    Lebanon, Virginia
    Yes definately clean it off and dab olive oil or vaseline on the area. Usually it gets really red and irritated just like a baby would. It you see it continuing you may want to feed medicated feed and also add ground up instant oatmeal to their feed, works wonders for it.
     
  5. m2wandc

    m2wandc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you dont' keep pasty butt under control it can be fatal...so keep on cleaning! [​IMG]
     
  6. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Quote:plain cornmeal requires less work than grinding up your oatmeal, and it seems to work
     
  7. claud

    claud Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pasty butt. I use a warm, wet paper towel and hold it on their butt for a bit to soften the poo, then wipe/pick it off. If it's really hard I put their little butts under warm running water until it comes off(watch the temp!).

    You do have to get it off. I had a newly hatched chick with a glob stuck to her butt and when I got it off she took a giant poo.
     
  8. NJbirdlover

    NJbirdlover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my little 4 day old BO had "mild" pasty butt , ever since I tried the olive oil-no problem at all
     
  9. aidenbaby

    aidenbaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think that addition to cleaning the poo off the next most important thing is to lubricate the area around the vent. That is what helps to prevent is from resticking. You can use ky jelly, vaseline, veggie oil or olive oil. I do give my chicks oatmeal as well as a treat along with worms and grit (if they aren't going outside to play).
     

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