pasty butt

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kimf, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. kimf

    kimf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yep, this topic again! I have 5 new babies (2 polish and 3 EE) that hatched Easter and arrived Tuesday from Meyer. All were healthy and eating drinking right away. Several developed pasty butt. I cleaned it off and all but one are doing fine now. One of the polish keeps (it seem with every BM) getting pasty butt. I keep cleaning it off. I just put a bit of olive oil on her bum and offered yogurt (they are not even curious about the yogurt) and I will get some unfiltered ACV tomorrow. Is there anything else I can do. She is the smallest. I know she will be smaller than the EEs but she is noticably smaller than the other polish too. I am open to any suggestions that I may not have found as I searched. Thanks!!
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I would turn the heat down. Sometimes a small one will catch up, and sometimes there is something wrong and you will lose it.
     
  3. kimf

    kimf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Why turn the heat down? I know they do better with slightly cool rather than too hot, but what is your thought? I like to know why--sorry. She really seems OK, just smaller and more pasty butt. She is eating and drinking and, obviously, pooing! Every so often I think she wobbles or looks "off." but then I watch and she seems fine.

    I posted a few weeks ago regarding my older Polish getting picked on and that she was my Autistic child's fave hen. Well, he picked this chick as his fave too! darn it...
     
  4. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    I was told long ago that pasty butt is caused by the change in their digestive track. They absorbed the yolk to llive off of, then they start eating chick starter, which now their system has to get used to that. They do usually grow out of it in a week or two. :thumbsup
     
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  5. kmatt87

    kmatt87 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what is pasty butt? are chickens supposed to have completely clean butts? mine have always had a little bit of dry poo stuck that i couldn't get off, but its not blocking anything.
    should i try and get it all off?
    how?
     
  6. kimf

    kimf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am fairly new to chickens. My first batch of babies is 6 months old and has just started laying!! We are getting 5-7 eggs daily. [​IMG] I got my second batch almost a week ago.

    I guess it is common to have some poo stick to their feathers, but you want to clean it off. If they get some stuck other poo can stick to it and may cause the vent to become covered. If the vent gets covered and they can't poo they can die.

    When I checked on my baby before bed I had to soak her bottom again to get off the poo, even tho I coated her liberally with olive oil. [​IMG] None of the chicks ever even looked at the yogurt (except to avoid it). I check a bit ago when I got up and she was clean!! [​IMG]Hopefully she is moving past the problem, but I am going to add the unfiltered ACV today anyway. It gives me an excuse to go to Whole Foods.
     
  7. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    For severe cases, just hold the chick, butt first, under the faucet. The water should be tepid, not screaming hot, not cold. The poop is hard and takes a bit to absorb the moisture, but as it does, crumble the poop away.

    Pat the vent area gently and apply some vasoline or olive oil. This helps in preventing future sticking issues.

    FlockWatcher's recommendation was a good one. Many times, small brooder tubs/containers are simply too warm for the chicks and don't provide enough cooler space for the chicks to self regulate their body temps.
     
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  8. kmatt87

    kmatt87 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks for the tip! i know one of mine is getting a partial bath today... lol. I don't think its going to be too happy with me
     
  9. chick0dee

    chick0dee Out Of The Brooder

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    Call me *stupid* but what is ACV?? I am a new chicky Mom too
     
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  10. Trefoil

    Trefoil Chillin' With My Peeps

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    apple cider vinegar (its brown rather than clear)
     
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