pasty bottom chicks any suggestions

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

  1. kimt816

    kimt816 In the Brooder

    Aug 13, 2008
    kernersville, nc
    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. scrapmom5

    scrapmom5 Songster

    Apr 21, 2008
    Carefully clean the pasty crud off of their bottoms. Use warm water and a washcloth. You need to get this off or it can block their vent. Once it is off put a smear of vaseline on their hind end to prevent more pasty sticking.

    To prevent it in your little ones, keep them away from drafts and make sure they are warm enough. If they stress (like right after shipping) they sometimes get it. I have had one that had it but was able to clean it up.
  3. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    I had that with Jerry...I plopped his little bum in the sink and let him soak for a couple of minutes, the picked off the ploop. I dried him in a towel and let him hang out with Tom again.
  4. chikkinlittlesc

    chikkinlittlesc Songster

    Jun 9, 2008
    South Carolina
    I usually give my chicks a little oatmeal mixed with the chick starter. That had always cleared up their pasty butts. [​IMG]

  5. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    I just finished cleaning one so ironic to find this post! I tried the washcloth but it didn't work well for me - the poop was really stuck. I found just moistening the poop with my fingers and warm water makes it come off fairly easily. Might have to tug gently but it usually all comes off.
  6. sammi

    sammi Songster

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    keep at proper temp with no drafts..

    95 degrees first week..
    5 degrees less per week.

    make sure any feed that has spilled or gotten wet is cleaned up.
    it will go sour under the heat.
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2009
  7. basicliving

    basicliving Keepin' the sunny side up

    Mar 20, 2008
    Shenandoah Valley, VA
    I agree with soaking their little butts. I had several that got pasty butt after shipping. It seemed to calm the chicks when I ran a little warm water from the bathroom sink over their rears while gently pulling and picking the poo off. It can get glued to their little tail feathers and difficult to remove - soaking with warm water really does help a little. Smear the vaseline on afterwards to sooth and help prevent it from sticking so bad in the future.

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