pastey butt heeeelp im a first timer

mahen8622

Songster
11 Years
Jan 19, 2009
382
2
131
KY
i have a few chicks with pastey butt is it an illness and what can i do to stop it and do i need to pick it off? some of its hard should i moisten it to get it off?
 

MoodyChicken

Songster
10 Years
Feb 15, 2009
1,869
25
181
Northern California
It can be a disease, but more often than not the chicks just miss and poo on themselves. I just rip it all off like a bandaid. It plucks the feathers though too, but that makes re-occurrence less likely. If you want to be nice, get a paper towel moist with warm water and gently rub it off.
 

Hens_And_Chicks

Songster
10 Years
Feb 23, 2009
551
1
139
Ohio
Yep - I stick their little hiney under the warm tap water running and let it soften and pick off the pasties with my fingernail. Pretty soon it won't be chicken poop - it's just part of your normal day
 

mahen8622

Songster
11 Years
Jan 19, 2009
382
2
131
KY
i had to chicks die last week so im veeery paranoid lol so pastey butt has officially sent me over the edge lol
 

chickie momma di

Songster
11 Years
Jun 6, 2008
181
0
119
Southeastern, MA
hi
I haven't been raising chickens long but I would say yes wet their bottoms. When mine were babies I had to do it once with a wet/warm paper towel. Keep doing it until it softens. Be gentle because i've read the vent area is very sensitive. Make sure you dry them up real well so they don't get a chill. Hope this helps. Good Luck

Also, when you solve that problem, make sure that their poop isn't watery. If it is they might need a change in diet or might need some medicine or something. I'm sure someone with more experience will see this and get back to you soon.
 
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Chicken Freak

In the Brooder
11 Years
Dec 23, 2008
42
7
22
mixing ground raw oatmeal will help stop pasting. As far as the one's that have paste, gently pick it off.
 

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