Question on chicken droppings


10 Years
Mar 23, 2009
When my chickens go to the bathroom sometimes it sticks to their fluff. After a while I notice that they have a large amount of droppings that has hardened to their rear. I try to wipe it off, but it is too hard. I ended up putting them in a small container of water and it softened and I was able to get it off. Is this normal?


10 Years
Jan 31, 2009
Finger Lakes Region, NY
I'm sure others with lots of experience can help (or correct me if I am wrong here
) but I have one chick with this.

It seems to be "pasted vent", which sometimes occurs if the chicks get chilled.

You want to remove the hardened poopers but you don't want to chill the chick further. Some folks here - when I did a search of the forum - held the chick under the heat lamp when they did the removal procedure. Others picked at it while it was hard.

I did a combo this morning for my little girl. According to my books it can be fatal if the vent is not kept open.

Edited to add: I assume that you have little chicks here - the treatment is slightly different with adult chickens and is a different condition.
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11 Years
Jun 7, 2008
Scappoose Oregon
It's called pasty butt and you need to inspect your chicks daily at least to make sure you get it off. Holding their hiney under warm running water or soaking in a container of warm water until it softens up enough to be peeled off works. Don't worry i fyou take off some of their fuzz.

Towel them off and make sure they stay warm until they are completely dry. A hair dryer on medium used carefully can help them.

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