Pasty Butt experience

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by KatyTheChickenLady, Mar 14, 2009.

  1. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    When a few of my first batch of babies got pasty butt I got on here and searched for advice. I wound up just washing them with no ill affects. But then the same ones had the same problem again within a week. So I tried the molasses in water advice I found in the search. I just mixed a few drops of black molasses in about a 1/4 cup of warm water and dunked their beaks in it after their baths. They only got a few drops down each, but . . . not another problem with pasty butt and no ill effects. Maybe they just out grew the issue, but if I have the problem in a new batch again I am going to try the molasses right off.
  2. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

    Mar 1, 2009
    Muskogee OK
    How does molasses help? i only had one chick with it, and only once... washed her off, she wasn't too happy with me that day
  3. morelcabin

    morelcabin Songster

    Feb 8, 2007
    Ontario Canada
    I use molasses for my older hens when they seem to be getting a little pasty, it works on them too:>)
  4. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

    May 8, 2007
    I've offered dry oatmeal that I put in a blender until it was very fine. I don't know if that helped or if the chicks would have gotten over it on their own.
  5. mochachai20

    mochachai20 Hatching

    Mar 15, 2009
    New chick owner here...

    what's the best way to wash them when they're a week old? I'm nervous about using soap on them. I tried to see if the pasty stuff on their fluff would come off, but I was afraid they would get too cold if I washed them. Any suggestions?
  6. scbatz33

    scbatz33 No Vacancy, Belfry Full

    Jan 23, 2009
    South GA
    I used warm water and a q-tip, no soap. baby oil - just a bit helps to keep the claening up process easier. Little baby oil on the butt after cleaning the the next time it's easier to get off. I have two of my 5 with messy bottoms. They seem to be growing out of it.

    As my vet says - we can treat them now and they'll be fine in about 7 days or we can do nothing and they'll be better in a week.
  7. Missoula Chicken Lady

    Missoula Chicken Lady In the Brooder

    Mar 2, 2009
    I dealt with pasty butt with nearly half of my 250 chicks for about a week, then it seemed to disappear (knock on wood.) I think it only affects chicks usually for the first two weeks.

    I found a soft toddler's tootbrush and some warm water in a mason jar, along with a paper towel, to be a good pasty butt kit. You can just brush down and away from the vent with the wetted toothbrush, and after a few times the "tangle" should come right out. Then you can buff their bottoms with the paper towel. Dry them off well, as another poster stated, sometimes other chicks like to peck at little pink things.

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