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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by J.S. Webb, May 5, 2011.
Is it safe to remove the down from the vent area when treating pasty butt?
I do this all the time. It seems everytime I have ever gotten shipped chicks the stress causes pasty butt. But Im ready with a pair of sharp little scissors. I cut them regardless. I dont care that my babies have no butt fluff-Id rather have that than pasty butts and the smells from it I've never hurt one in the process and its only been a positive thing for me and the chicks! good luck
Draft causes pasty butt so make sure there's no draft in the pen.
Hello, it seems I've always had one or two chicks that get pasty butt. People say that it is caused when a chick is a bit too chilly. I think that might be true, because I currently have two five day old chicks in one brooder, and then six three week old chicks in another brooder in the same room. Since there are two heat lamps, the room gets super warm. The chicks don't seem to mind at all and not a single chick has gotten pasty butt......
So I'm thinking it's true about chicks being a bit chilly and getting the pasty butt. I dont' cut off their tushy fluff unless it's a really bad case of pasty butt. The thing is, their little bottoms get red when you clean them off, and this red naked tush is attractive to other chicks and they will peck it! OUCH! So I soak their little butts in some warm soapy water and then I dry their tushies off too.
Keep those chickies nice and warm and all will be well.
It's perfectly fine to remove the fluff as long as your careful. It seems that no matter how much you try and soak their little butts in warm water sometimes the pastiness just won't come out. I've had to remove butt fluff a few times and have never had a problem. Good luck with the babies