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Pasty butt before hatching?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by rssnbabybear, May 7, 2016.

  1. rssnbabybear

    rssnbabybear Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 1, 2016
    I had a chick dry out before hatching in the incubator. I must have lost track of how long it had been pipped. The humidity in the bator has been high so I wasn't worried.
    Well, tonight I freed it from it's shell and it looks like it tried to poop in the egg and its butt is really swollen like some chick's I've had that had pasty butt. Is there something I can/should be doing for it? It is just laying on the bottom of the bator, breathing but not tryin to stretch out or stand up.
    Last edited: May 7, 2016
  2. rssnbabybear

    rssnbabybear Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 1, 2016
    Make that two chicks now. I can't decide if they are so dry that they can't straighten out. The second chick doesn't have a swollen butt/tummy but there is a bunch of poop and I can't get all the shell off its neck/back. Any suggestions?
  3. azjustin

    azjustin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 1, 2016
    Tucson, AZ
    We had one of those the other day... [​IMG]

    Was cleaning out the hatching tray on day 25 of a hatch and was getting ready to toss a pipped egg when it started cheeping like crazy. I felt sorry for the poor guy so I finished the hatching and put it back in to finish the process.

    Well, we ended up with a serious case of "sticky chick" that still had yolk covering it, had already pooped in the shell, and had a phenomenal case of pasty butt. Did the SOP with pasty butt, wiped it down as best as possible, and it's still doing fine. However, after some research, a good bath in warm water would have been much better and got it on the road to recovery much faster.

    Personally, I'd get the pasty butt taken care of, get it drinking and eating ASAP. If it's sticky and not fluffing, a quick bath should do the trick.

    Maybe someone else will more experience will chime in, but that's what I would do.

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