Problem with chick

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mzzdiamonds, Feb 23, 2016.

  1. mzzdiamonds

    mzzdiamonds Hatching

    Feb 23, 2016
    Oversized lots of chicks but never had this happen. I washed him off two days ago but then again today he looked like this. Any advice?[​IMG]

  2. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging 8 Years

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    That's called "pasty butt", an affliction of baby chicks usually during the first week. The cause may be from having the brooder too hot. It causes a kind of diarrhea that cakes on the vent, hardening and clogging it so the chick can't poop. The poop backs up inside the chick and will kill it in short order.

    Clean it up again and make sure the chick is able to poop. What does the temperature read right under your heat source? If it's over 95F, it's too hot. What does the temp read in the rest of the brooder? If it's 95 F it's way, way too hot. The rest of the brooder needs to be much cooler.
  3. Sherlock Watson

    Sherlock Watson In the Brooder

    Feb 16, 2016
    Salish Sea Region
    Corn meal mixed with heir feed and using Raw apple cider vinegar, "From the Mother" can really, really help with pasted butt. Best of luck. :)

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