Question about water for new chics

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by dtanner, Nov 4, 2007.

  1. dtanner

    dtanner Hatching

    Nov 4, 2007
    I have several baby chics that are only 2-3 weeks old. 3 have gotten pasty butt and one of them died. My question is, I seem to have read that pasty butt is a result of not getting enough water. I have a waterer in there and keep it full and clean. I see some of them drinking out of it occasionally. Will the chics drink as water is needed by their bodies? How do I know if they are getting enough water? I guess ultimately what I'm trying to figure out is, if there is water in there, will they drink it? Also is there a possible other reason for the pasty butt?

  2. hatchcrazzzy

    hatchcrazzzy Songster

    Jun 8, 2007
    kemp texas
    pasty butt is caused by there poo beinging to wet so they are getting enough water . i dont know what causes it. maybe some one else can help you there
  3. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Songster

    Oct 18, 2007
    You can lead a chicken to water, but you cant make it drink. Maybe that was a horse, if they need water they will drink, assuming they know where the water is and can get to it.
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    I find pasty butt is due to stress caused by transport and cold brooder temps. Try to keep them warm and butts clean and it should clear up in a week or so.
  5. helmstead

    helmstead Songster

    Mar 12, 2007
    Alfordsville, IN
    I agree with SC - pasty butt usually is from some kind of stress. I've only really had this problem with shipped chicks or weaker hatched chicks.

    Maybe add a binder to the feed, as a oatmeal powder. Baby cereal is great.

    Just be sure to keep those fuzzy butts cleaned well and often. The way I've always done it is a small bowl of warm water and a paper towel. Soak the toosh for a minute or two to soften the poo, and gently remove it with the towel.
  6. Tinkerchick

    Tinkerchick In the Brooder

    Jun 26, 2007
    Heber City, UT
    I just always kept water in there box. I had to change it a couple times a day because it got nasty but they will drink whenever they feel like it.
  7. nccatnip

    nccatnip Songster

    Aug 5, 2007
    Piedmont area NC
    All in my 5 brooder boxes drink lots of water. I had three shipment of baby chicks, only one breed got pasty butt- the seabrights 10 out of 12. I caught it very early on, clean all butts and took a Q-tip and swabbed a ring of olive oil around their butts. No more pasty butt from any of them.
  8. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing

    Jan 11, 2007
    I know someone mentioned if the brooder is too cold - but too hot will have the same effect. Keep the bottoms clean and they should be fine. Verify your brooder temp by placing a thermometer direcly under the light. You can also tell if its too warm if the chicks are trying to stay away from the light, panting and looking droopy. If it's too cold, they cuddle directly under the light on a pile and sometimes look droopy too (from trying to stay standing to get closer to the heat). Hard boiled egg yolk and oatmeal and good diet supplements to help with this as well.


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