pasty butt problem


In the Brooder
May 7, 2015
I have six chicks ~10 days old and one (the smallest) keeps getting pasty butt. I have taken care of it by wiping it off and this morning i put some olive oil on the down so that it maybe won't get stuck anymore. I am not sure what to do with her pasty butt problem.
any advice?

the poop has been solid and formed, normal to all the others in the brooder. she has grit available as well.


5 Years
Jul 28, 2014
Squaw gap ND
I had the same problem... everyday I just keep checking him/her.... hopefully it will go away... there is a thread for disease and illnesses. .. maybe more info there?


Mar 21, 2021
Solution for pasty but is to add 3/4 tsp of apple cider vinegar for a quart of water. You can add it to the communal waterer, it won’t hurt if other chicks don’t have pasty butt. If it doesn’t work, you can add more apple cider vinegar, up to 1 tsp. I recommend you try this electrolyte mix to prevent pasty butt in the future:

per 1 quart water

4 cups warm water
2tbsp + 1 tsp white granulated sugar or molasses
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
OPTIONAL: 1/2 tsp potassium chloride

Only feed this to chicks while they are in the brooder. Once they move out, it’s best to move to a store bought electrolyte mix. Just add this to their water. The best way to find potassium chloride is to find a salt substitute in the store. Just adjust the recipe to the size of your waterer. You can also mix their feed into some cornmeal, plain greek yogurt, or scrambled eggs. Hope this helps!!!
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