pasty-butt, water temperature?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Meesh, Mar 27, 2008.

  1. Meesh

    Meesh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi,

    Some of my chicks are occasionally pasting. After thinking about what might chill them (they are in a very consistent environment) - I wondered about water. When I fill their waterer, I have been putting in cool water. They seem to relish a cool drink of water - but could that be chilling them & causing pasting?

    Should chicks be getting warmer water?

    Thanks,
    Michelle
     
  2. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    * Wow, what a great question!! I don't know but it'd be a great experiment. I HAVE wondered if the stuff that's in the water (chlorine, flouride, sodium, etc.) could bother chicks. (Ed/bad spelling!)
     
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  3. Meesh

    Meesh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our water is natural spring water, but there's a softener in the house. It uses potassium, not sodium. So I know in my case it's not flouride, sodium, or chlorine.

    I also have fed them some tidbits of yogurt, rice, yam, and spagetti. It doesn't seem to correlate with the treats, tho.

    Cheers,
    Michelle
     
  4. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator Staff Member

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    Always give cool water to drink. They don't gulp down enough to cause a whole body chill.
     
  5. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    * Meesh, I've never had chicks (yet) personally-- But, I do know that most of the well-experienced folks here insist on no treats for the young-uns under a certain age. Not sure if that's contributing to your pasty-butt problems, could be though. . . .
     
  6. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
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    My water always gets hot because of the heat lamp........ is that ok? I end up changing it every day anyhow because they kick so much stuff into it, but will it hurt them to drink it throughout the day if it's warm?
     
  7. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
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    Sorry about the hi-jack....it just got me thinkin
     
  8. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    * Hey, G., Welcome aboard, BTW-- You know it pro'bly depends on how hot it's getting. A chickens body temp. is higher than a cat's 1O3 even, so I doubt it'd bother them if it's at least several degrees lower, might even be better. HOWEVER- one thing it would also do is make bacteria from the feed they tend to toss in there grow faster. That could be worrisome to me. Could you moue the water to a cooler spot in the brooder??
     
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  9. Meesh

    Meesh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    "My water always gets hot because of the heat lamp........ is that ok? I end up changing it every day anyhow because they kick so much stuff into it, but will it hurt them to drink it throughout the day if it's warm?"

    See, that's what got me thinking about it. Most of the time, mine are drinking pretty warm water.

    One of the chick nursing sites I read said that a really sick chick should be given warmed water - at about 103 deg. to avoid chilling.

    It just got me wondering. Mine crowd around the water and will drink quite a bit of cooled water. I know that drinking ice water chills me... I try to drink alot of it, and it makes me feel cold.

    No treats for the chicks! They are going to be so sad. I am only seeing the occasional pasty-butt, and it doesn't seem to correlate with the treat-piggy chicks.

    Cheers,
    Michelle
     

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