pasty bottom chicks any suggestions

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by kimt816, Feb 6, 2009.

  1. kimt816

    kimt816 Out Of The Brooder

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    i have a mixed batch of chicks age 4-5 days and today i noticed 6 -7 had pasty dried poop stuck to their bottoms the book says gently pick clear and watch any other suggestions.
     
  2. cluckychick

    cluckychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use a wash cloth, warm running water and gently rub away. When I'm done I use a q-tip and smear alittle olive oil on their bottom. [​IMG]
     
  3. HorseFeathers

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    Wet it first it makes it easier to get off. Also the other chicks will peck at wet fluff so towel dry and separate the chick until it's completely dry.
     
  4. kimt816

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    thanks any suggestion as to why? feed or what? they are on chick starter
     
  5. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

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    It happens sometimes, you're doing nothing wrong. Just clean it and check all the chicks' vents.
     
  6. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

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    It could be food, stess, brooder too cold, just about anything.
     
  7. kimt816

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    thanks again they are doing well otherwise eating like little piggies and drinking well just hate to see anyone sick [​IMG]
     
  8. snowydiamonds

    snowydiamonds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Make sure the heat lamp is showing they are comfortable and will be able to move away if too hot or need to exercise. Make sure their feed is nearby to begin with so they do not get cold while eating. Also, the water temperature must be warm, not cold. Cold water can shock and kill very young chicks. Its wise to also keep the water nearby, close to begin with, to the heat lamp area. These suggestions, along with cleaning, drying, and applying olive oil, while ensuring each chick does not get cold while doing the above will ensure no more pasty butt if the chicks are healthy and the feed is good quality.
     

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