Pasty butt or??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by petejd, Oct 19, 2011.

  1. petejd

    petejd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 3-4 day old chicks. Just wondering if they have pasty butt or just poo on their rear end? I soaked their rear end in water and wiped off the residual. (well as much as I could).. Should that be enough?
     
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Chicks should not have poo on the butts. If they do, I hold their rears under the faucet, with tepid water. As the sticky, hard poo softens, I gently crumble it off. I do not pull, because pulling can take feathers with it. Dab dry and apply some olive oil or vasoline. This will keep the area from getting as sticky next time. Normally, there is a next time.

    Sticky poo can be caused by the stress of shipping and handling. If it continues, it is often caused by de-hydration and being too hot, which are related.
     
  3. petejd

    petejd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the info. My brooder is about 90 degrees. I will wash their hineys again. Thank-you.
     
  4. cravenchx

    cravenchx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There are posts on here advising ACV in the water.
     
  5. jmtcmkb

    jmtcmkb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I had the same issue and I didnt use a heat lamp, used an ecoglow which is radiant heat, so I would worry about a heat issue. From what I read it's a stress issue, were they shipped? I had 2 chicks with it, one was minor one was a bit more intensive. The minor one I had to wash a few times, the other chick I had to clean a couple times a day for about 4-5 days. Then she was fine [​IMG]

    Good luck
     
  6. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    The good news is this. Normally, it is a temporary issue. By the time most chicks are 2 or 3 weeks old, the brooder temps are down, the chicks have settled in and the problem tends to go away. Not all chicks get it. Yes, it a condition that requires action, but it isn't something you'll have to deal with forever.
     
  7. petejd

    petejd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, they were shipped. After cleaning two up this morning, they seem to be doing ok now. I will keep my eye on them to head this off at the past. Thanks for all the information. Glad to hear that it is temporary.
     

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