Pasty Butt-lost one chick- Help ASAP

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by IonaFarm, Sep 6, 2010.

  1. IonaFarm

    IonaFarm Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 13, 2010
    We had 3 bantam chicks born Thurs/Fri. Were doing fine with momma. These are the first chicks born here.

    Yesterday one had a pasty butt so I cleaned it off carefully and put back with mom. Went out a few minutes ago and the little thing was dead.

    Another little one has same thing. Used warm water and it cleaned up easy. I put this one back with mom.

    Questions: What is it ? What causes it? How do I keep from losing the other two chicks?
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    After you clean them, put some ointment like Vaseline or Neosporin on the butt so the next poop won't stick so bad, and keep them greased for a few days til they get over it. And good luck.
  3. Rafter 7 Paint Horses

    Rafter 7 Paint Horses Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2007
    East Texas
    Are they on the ground or in a cage?

  4. gmendoza

    gmendoza Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2010
    Rock Hill,SC
    If you dont have neosporin,or vasoline,there is a trick and it might seem mean but it will cure it til they get bigger.

    When you clean the pasty but,try to pluck the fine feathery hairs off as well.they will only have a red but for some time,but we done it here and we have no problems after the pasty but left.they didnt have it no more because they didnt have a place for their droppings to stick to.

  5. crawfordmama

    crawfordmama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2010
    The Lakes Region, NH
    When the poop sticks to their bums and dries, it creates a seal. This prevents the poop from coming out, and eventually toxins build up in them.

    You can carefully trim some of the fuzz from their butts, then put some olive oil or vaseline as someone suggested, on the area to help keep the poop from sticking. Good luck!

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