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Pasting up

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Nostalchic, Apr 27, 2009.

  1. Nostalchic

    Nostalchic Songster

    It's interesting to me to search this topic, difficult to find any scientific data regarding cause/treatment/outcome. I've been doing the warm "sitz-bath" thing with my babies, but wondering about the stress of that vs. the advantage of removing dried feces. Just a few of mine are affected, so not a good sample. But I read on here some opinions: related to "constipation: give molasses"; related to excessive heat; related to stress of shipping; related to GI infection, etc.
    I'm wondering if it is related to inadequate fluid intake. I had my waterer up on a board to prevent - you know, poop, shavings, etc. - in the water by my 2 day old chicks. Had several - maybe 5 of 40 - who were pasting up, and they didn't seem to be the strong ones, maybe weren't accessing the water as frequently. I put the water down at "ground" level, closer to the warm zone, and everyone's drinking more, and haven't seen as much of a problem. This is so unscientific it makes my scientific mind cringe, but I'm curious about other hypotheses and related solutions, results, etc. Anyone have some good data?

  2. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

    May 24, 2008
    Southeast Arkansas
    No good data, but I lost some 2 day olds and it appears it was just not drinking.
  3. Rex Mom

    Rex Mom In the Brooder

    Mar 10, 2009
    Castro Valley,CA
    I had this problem with mine when I first got them. I figured out that it was from the bulb being too high a wattage. They sold me a 250 watt bulb and it was too warm for them... hense the pasting, a result of dehydration. I changed it to a 100 watt and checked the temp... much better! Instead of washing them, I pulled off what I could and trimmed the fluff around the picky area. Then applied some vasoline so it wouldn't stick so much next time. They didn't like the vasoline.. LOL.. were very obsessive about cleaning it away but it did help. I know the waterer gets messy... and there isn't too much you can do about that at their age. Until they are older and a little taller it needs to be at their level. You really can't be too scientific about all this... alot of it is trial and error. But what's so great about this site is there is so many wise people that have been there, done that and offer so much good info. [​IMG]

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