Pasty butts in chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by wefroggy, Mar 10, 2009.

  1. wefroggy

    wefroggy Songster

    I know there is a previous post about this, but I couldn't find it. I am new to the group and new to chickens. I got my chicks on Monday, and have them in their brooder, they are eating, drinking and moving about happily. Last night a couple of the chicks had pasty butts, I cleaned them off and put vaseline on them. One book I have said it is caused by cold and drafts, the other book I have and postings here say it is high temp. The temp in my brooder is at 93 and the chicks are not displaying any signs of being overheated.
    Any suggestions?
  2. JenMT

    JenMT Songster

    Jan 21, 2009
    Kalispell, Montana
    I don't know what the cause of pasty bum is but as I recall it only lasted for the first 2-3 days in my baby chicks and hasn't returned again. They are now 6 weeks old, hope that helps.
  3. wefroggy

    wefroggy Songster

    Thanks, it does help. I didn't realize I would worry about them so much.
  4. ilovechickens

    ilovechickens Songster

    Jun 14, 2008
    West Central Wisconsin
    I also had a couple with pasty butt, I cleaned them off, but I didn't hear about the vaseline:/ What does that do, and does it make their little feathers stick and expose their little red butts for pecking:(
  5. OK, The straight skinny on "Pasty Butt". Believe it or not, Pasty Butt is a symptom of constipation. The cure is molasses in their drinking water. Molasses is a natural laxative for fowl. Mix it like weak tea and give it to them for 2 days. Naturally you should clean their little butts with a warm damp cloth before you start the treatment. Failure to cure this condition could result in a painful death for your chicken. This treatment is for adult birds as well as chicks.
  6. one_egg_at_a_time

    one_egg_at_a_time In the Brooder

    Feb 25, 2009
    Dade City, FL
    I did the Vaseline on the few of my guys that had the had butt. Seemed to make them work harder to keep the butt clean. And it would not let the poop dry.
  7. wefroggy

    wefroggy Songster

    I will also try the molasses. I clean the bums and then the next time they are pasty again. My mother thinks I am obsessed with dirty butts.

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