Please Help! Chick Clogged Vent.

troy96792

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May 24, 2010
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Hi all,

Some of my chicks hatched yesterday and on one my chicks there was this small raisin looking thing sticking out it's vent. I left it overnight thinking it would fall off, but it didn't. I tried to run warm water on it for a minute. Still unable to come off. I put the chick back in the brooder and noticed blood on the paper towel. what is that raising looking thing stuck up it's vent and how do I get it out? Is it going to die? Can I save it? Do I pull it out? Please Help!!

Thank You, Troy
 

troy96792

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May 24, 2010
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Im hoping she lives too!! Anyone else had this problem?

Thanks in advance
 

troy96792

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May 24, 2010
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chick momma10- what does pasty mean? sorry I didn't know what you meant when you said pasty. If thats the case with my chick. What can be done to cure it? I'll still be researching.
 

ranchhand

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Quote:I suspect it's part of the chick's intestines. If you keep trying to remove it, it will be worse. I would suggest a tiny dab of Vaseline or mineral oil and try pushing it IN.
 
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ranchhand

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Quote:Not likely at newly hatched. Pasty butt happens when they have a bit of diarrhea and then bedding, food and whatnot sticks to all that, forming a crust of sorts over the vent. Then you do want to bathe in warm water and gently remove.

Sounds to me like your chick has a bit of gut hanging out. A gentle cleaning, lubing and reinstallment should work, you may have to do it for several days. Meanwhile, make sure the other chicks can't peck at the protrusion.
 

troy96792

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May 24, 2010
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Thanks Ranchhand, I really hope thats the problem. I was just reading about pasty butt and figured that wasn't it. I'll go ahead and try to lube and push the guts back in. I hope I don't lose the chick.

Thank You
 

feathersnuggles

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When my chicks were brand new, I thought a couple of them had blocked or pasty vents. Turns out what I was looking at was the place where they had connected to the egg yolk, where they absorbed the yolk into their body before they hatched. It's sorta like a belly-button and it was like a small black raisin. And I tore some of that black stuff off. Then it bled, and I freaked. Afterwards, I realized it wasn't the vent at all.
 

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