Wash it off or leave alone?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by TNHobbyFarmer, Mar 4, 2011.

  1. TNHobbyFarmer

    TNHobbyFarmer Hatching

    Oct 30, 2010
    Lebanon, TN
    One of my week old TSC Red pullets has what can only be described as a stinger on it's butt. Its probably just dried poo. She's not stopped up, and I don't want to hurt her if it's not poo. But it does appear to be getting longer. Is she old enough to have her butt washed, or should I leave it alone for now? The others peck at it, but it doesn't want to come off.

    Suggestions please...
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2011
  2. ButtersMama

    ButtersMama Chirping

    Feb 28, 2011
    Funny I just had this same question this morning. Here is a link to some responses. Yes! It looked like a stinger. My son said its the tail...haha. It was poop. Mine were not backed up either. Glad I got it off. They seem happier. I did it in the laundry tub with a tiny dessert dish and held the bottom in the warm water. It dissolved. Here is the link.....

  3. TNHobbyFarmer

    TNHobbyFarmer Hatching

    Oct 30, 2010
    Lebanon, TN
    Thanks. Guess I'll be washing a butt when I get home.
  4. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Songster

    Oct 10, 2010
    Grand Blanc, MI
    I just had to bathe my <1 week old isa brown chick's booty. The others were picking at her wet fluff something fierce so I blew her dry and fluffed her down with a toothbrush. She didn't protest too much but it was pretty silly.
  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    It's best to wash off poo if possible. It just keeps building usually.
  6. Sassafras

    Sassafras Songster

    Jan 16, 2011
    Yes, DEFINITELY wash it off and try to dry them gentlt. It can actually close off their vent and kill them.
  7. Lawnman127

    Lawnman127 In the Brooder

    Feb 27, 2011
    Been gettin a lot of practice washing fuzzy butts, I don't like to
    do it but, it beats them not living if I don't.
    I think the stinger look comes from where the poop sticks to the tail feathers,
    mine also has some below the vent
  8. Usually, if it`s poo, it`s a condition called "Pasty Butt". Believe it or not, pasty butt is caused by constipation. If it persists, the cure is mollasses in their drinking water. Mollasses is a natural lazative for fowl and should be mixed in their water to look like weak tea. One day is all that is needed. Wash their butts first. Good luck.........Pop
  9. SassyKat6181

    SassyKat6181 Songster

    Aug 30, 2010
    Western Mass
    If it looks like a string, it may actually be an umbilical cord. I had this on 2/12 chicks last September. Thought it was poo, consulted on here, got the chick all soaked only to realize it was an umbilical cord. I'd give it another day if it's not blocked up.....just to be sure.
  10. woodmort

    woodmort Crowing

    Jul 6, 2010
    Oxford NY
    Do what the mother hen would do--pull it off--some fuzz will come but it'll grow back.

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