Pasty Butt took one of my chicks this morning

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Maker, Oct 13, 2015.

  1. Maker

    Maker Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, all. I noticed that a couple of my week old chicks have pasty butt. I cleaned them manually with a wet paper towel and then dried it off, but it kept accumulating on the same chicks. I noticed this morning one of the pasty butt chicks somewhat lethargic, so I decided I would do the running water in the sink method when my wife and I returned from the dmv. Well, when we got back, one had passed. I'm just worried that I have to check them every 30mins now and clean whatever has accumulated, but having a job gets in the way.. I guess what I'm asking is if I'm gone for 8hrs, is that enough time to stop up a chick and it end up dying? How often should I check??
     
  2. beetandsteet

    beetandsteet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some people say that too high protein feed (what kind of feed are you giving them?), or too little lighting in the brooder causes pasty butt. Stress, like the brooder being too hot or too cold, or drafts can also cause poop that sticks to their rears. Some people clean the butt, like you did, then rub some Vaseline on the area to keep the poop from sticking there again. Maybe adding some probiotics into their water would help clear them up. Just cleaning the poop off their butts isn't enough in your case, since it keeps returning--you need to look at what is causing them to have poop that keeps sticking to their rear. Hope this helps! :)
     
  3. Maker

    Maker Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm feeding them a medicated chick starter.. This only my second time raising chicks, but had no problems the first time. Temp under lamp is 95 and other side of brooder is about 75-80. I put olive oil under her vent and I also put ACV in their waterer. Three had it, but on the second cleaning, there was only one because one passed and the other didn't get it again. I read prob 20 articles before posting here as not to waste people's time, but I'm at a loss. Haven't tried probiotics yet because I was reading mixed reviews on whether to use it for chicks..
     
  4. ladyearth

    ladyearth Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I didnt have much pasty butt in my 2nd set of chicks... they were prob warmer and AND gave them sav A CHICK BOTH TYPES
    I HAVE LOTS less experience than most of this forum.. but makes sense to me....
    Hubby made that pvc tube xmas tree light s heater. Great but course it was still in the house in a nice well heated upstairs room, basement last time....
     
  5. appps

    appps Overrun With Chickens

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    What sort of bedding are they on? Someone mentioned having trouble with it while they were on shavings, probably as they eat some. When very small they used kitchen paper towel instead. (Has to be not slippery so newspaper isn't any good) Could your bedding be adding to the problem?
     
  6. Maker

    Maker Out Of The Brooder

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    Appps, they are on flake pine shavings. I had paper towels down, but it got gross really quick in there, so I had to change it out at least once a day and it was stressing them out quite a bit. So I switched to pine shavings. I have a red brooder lamp, so only light they get is from garage windows.
     
  7. appps

    appps Overrun With Chickens

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    Yeah I feel your pain. I've only got two on paper towels and on day 3 I've already changed it twice today. Is it worth going back to it for a couple of days to see if it clears it up? At least then you would know if that's the culprit or not?
     

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