My new chick has a pasty butt. Is it serious?


Feb 4, 2018
I got my new chicks yesterday and one of them seems to have a pasty/poopy butt. Is this serious?! It's my first time raising chicks and I've done everything right so far and I gave them some of that nutrient supplement for newly hatched chicks yesterday. Could I have given too much? Thanks!


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Apr 3, 2011
southern Ohio
Pasty butt is common in some shipped chicks. It is caused by dehydration, getting too cold or too hot, and is serious if not discovered and fixed. I usually see it in a few with chicks in the mail.

Wash the vent area with warm water and soap rubbing the poo off. Offer electrolytes or a lot of water, dip the beaks for a second several times, and make sure they continue to drink. Use a thermometer on the floor of your brooder and keep it 90 F the first week, and alway have a cooler area to get to. Decrease temp by 5 degrees each week.

Look at vents every day since pasy butt may keep happening for up to a week or 10 days. If chicks appear weak or lethargic, offer more fluids. Good luck.

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