Umbilical cord vs pasty butt

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Latane, Aug 26, 2013.

  1. Latane

    Latane New Egg

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    I just hatched first baby chicks. Missed it due to 1 day early hatch. As I read I find articles on "pasty butt". Says this MUST BE AVOIDED.
    Question: How to tell difference in if it is an umbilical cord or pasty butt???
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    The umbilical cord is usually a smallish black/red stump on the chicks lower belly area. If you look a bit further up towards it's back you will see the vent and that is where you should look for signs of pasty butt. It is usually pretty easy to spot. Look for poop stuck to this area, especially in the fluff around the vent. A dab of olive oil or vaseline on the area will help prevent it as will a few drops of ACV (apple cider vinegar) in the chicks' drink water. See if you can find unfiltered ACV with the "mother". It has more health benefits than the filtered one, though both are good. I've been using filtered ACV with my chicks as it's all I could find and I haven't had pasty butt issues in a long time.
     
  3. Latane

    Latane New Egg

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    Thanks soooo much ! This really cleared it up for me. I just added some ACV - read that somewhere else too. Thanks again!
     

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