Paranoid about pasty butt

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Katoo1, Mar 25, 2011.

  1. Katoo1

    Katoo1 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have had my chicks 4 days. There has been NO sign of pasty butt, but I am still doing a twice a day butt inspection. The girls do not like it at all. When is it safe to let go of that particular worry?

    I have 4 buff orps. They are active and eating and drinking and pooping. There was a sluggish runt at first but now she's caught up and I can't pick her out anymore.

    I'm really worried about cleaning a pasty butt, because the other day, one of the babies got a bit of poo on her wing and it was like superglued on. I'm thinking, wow, I bet that's really hard to clean off of a butt without hurting.
     
  2. f8thnjc

    f8thnjc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    "Twice a day butt inspection..." LOL Oh my word, that's funny stuff. [​IMG] I don't know a lot about pasty butt, so I can't answer your questions, but did you ever see the episode of Dirty Jobs when Mike was at McMurray Hatchery? They squeezed the poop right out of those chicks. I don't know if that is the acceptable way of doing it, but it was mildly amusing (mostly because they said it didn't hurt them [​IMG] ). Hope someone has an answer for you.
     
  3. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    So silly.....if you just look at their behinds, and you don't see any poo stuck.....you're in the clear! You don't even need to pick them up to inspect......[​IMG]

    I find that usually after the first week, you don't need to worry about pasty butt anymore.
     
  4. Katoo1

    Katoo1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok yes, I'm a silly new chick mommy. Butt I keep reading how it can kill the wee babies, and I wanted to catch it early before I had to remove a superglued mess.
     

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