pasty butt

Bob L.

In the Brooder
9 Years
Feb 26, 2010
Spencer Indiana
Got our 34 chicks Sunday and Monday we saw one with a little crusty butt and cleaned it up.
One of the smallest chicks died Tuesday but it didn't have pasty butt, I tried to hydrate it but it didn't help.

Then the next day we had 4 more butts we had to clean.
We were getting worried about them so we did a search here and found a few suggestions / remedy's .
Being late evening and in a little bit of a panic we used what we had on hand, I ground up 1/2 a cup of oatmeal "Quaker oats" and also ground the chick starter. We had some play sand and used 1/8 of a teaspoon in the 1/2 gallon of feed and mixed it all up.
We also took them off the Quick Chick electrolytes and used purified water.
Wow they went nuts for the ground oatmeal & chick starter mix !
Today I don't see any crusty butts "so far" so were gonna see how they do before we give them anything else.
These are not our first chickens but their our first baby chicks, were enjoying them and learning!
Glad we have this site for emergency help and info!



In the Brooder
10 Years
Apr 20, 2009
East Central Ohio
When you see crusty butt, gently wash the vent area with warm water, paper towel dry, then apply a small coating of vaseline to the vent area. Maybe add some honey (sugar) to the water and keep the temps at 95º-100º no less. I suspect your temps aren't consistently warm enough. Don't put sand in their food specially if it is from outside. Good luck!
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