Poop shoot question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by crooked stripe, Feb 8, 2008.

  1. crooked stripe

    crooked stripe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My one and only hatch chick keeps getting poop stuck to it's shoot. I keep cleaning it off. I read here somewhere that I need to clean. Will this ever stop? Will this cause a problem in the future? John
     
  2. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Keep cleaning it up and get a little yogurt into the chick. Digestive enzymes likely haven't kicked in with the chick fully and the yogurt will help with that. The chick will grow out of it.

    Wanted to add that pastey butt is common in chicks and can "sometimes" be a result of a brooder being to cool or chick feed that is to old.
     
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2008
  3. lauralou

    lauralou Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've never raised a baby chick, but I remember a couple of things I have read about pasty butt.

    1.) Giving chicks sugar water can cause it.
    2.) Dabbing olive oil around the "poop shoot" can help keep the poop from sticking to their little bottoms.

    If I'm wrong on this, someone please correct me!
     

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