Pasty butt or something else?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jm22508, Mar 31, 2012.

  1. jm22508

    jm22508 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 24, 2012
    Austin, TX
    I'm sorry for another pasty butt thread, but I've searched through several others and am not sure that's what I'm up against. I've been outside working on a coop all day and came in to notice my new RIR (hatched on Friday) seems extremely lethargic. I watched her for a while, and anytime I'd reach into the the brooding pen, she'd hardly move when I went to grab her. Further, when I place her back in the pen, she sit in the same spot and starts to doze off.

    Then I noticed some poop trailing down her backside. I cleaned it off and inspected, and noticed she had what looked like a pasty vent. I held it under warm water for several minutes and then went to try to wipe it off, but noticed it seemed to actually be below her vent. Almost looks like a scab.

    I'm at a loss and she doesn't seem to want to drink sugar water, and is still sitting very still. Help, please!

  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    She may have an infected umbilical cord (oomphalitis) or just a wound. I'd put a little bag balm or Neospirin or other antibiotic ointment on it, and hope. You may not get a good outcome.

    Don't use anything with a "caine" drug in it, such as cetacaine, benzocaine, etc.

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