Pasty butt problems.

Chichero

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Apr 9, 2017
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Why My chicks are getting pasty butt ? They are not shipped ,brooder is clean, fresh water and feed. I don't understand what I am doing wrong . I have a Brinsea ecoglow. Are they too hot ? How do I prevent this? I raise Serama and they are so tiny to work with and I am terrified I'll hurt them.. I have a new setting going into the brooder tomorrow... I scrubbed everything and allowed it to dry.
I lost a chick with a broody hen to pasty butt today. I didn't think that was a problem with chicks raised naturally.
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oldhenlikesdogs

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Too much heat can cause it, so can not enough. I'm not familiar with using a heat plate so I can't give advice. I once read sprinkling cornmeal on their feed can help though I haven't tried it. I generally see it not at all or on one chick in a batch. If multiple chicks are having trouble than it must have a common denominator.
 

3 NH reds

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Used to be trouble for us years ago. Now we add ACV with the mother to the water and all chicks are fine. Apple cider vinegar with the mother is a good probiotic for them.
 

Chichero

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Feed them all flock and daily fresh water ..think my problem is my brooder plate doesn't keep my water warm. It was cold when I changed it. So my chicks are under a heat lamp now water is staying warm. Problem seems to be going away. As for the chick with the hen?
 

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