One more newbie question about pasty butt

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by stretchc1, May 7, 2009.

  1. stretchc1

    stretchc1 Out Of The Brooder

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    All four of my 3 day-old chicks are eating, drinking, and pooping. But three of them can't seem to get the poo off of their backsides without help. I'm worried that this is either a precursor to pasting up or will cause it somehow.

    Should I be concerned about this?

    Thanks for any advice.
     
  2. noitulover

    noitulover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it could be a precursor... don't worry about it though, if you notice it accumulating, then hold the chick and dip the bottom in some lukewarm water for a second or two, then try to dry it off with a towel and loosen it off. if it isn't too pasted yet, it will loosen easily. the "pasting" age shouldn't last too long and if you keep them clean for just a bit, you should make it over that time period.
     
  3. stretchc1

    stretchc1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! I'm still really enjoying sitting and watching them, so wiping their little bottoms a few times a day is no big deal. I just don't want to make matters worse somehow!
     

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