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

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by MyChickens14, Mar 22, 2018.

  1. MyChickens14

    MyChickens14 Chirping

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    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!
     
  2. Eggcessive

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    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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    Thank you! I wiped it's butt with water and it looked like it just had poop stuck to its fluff.
     

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