What causes pasty butt?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by joeyschicks, Apr 18, 2009.

  1. joeyschicks

    joeyschicks New Egg

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    There is lots of good messages on here about how to get rid of pasty butt when it happens, but I want to know..
    WHAT CAUSES PASTY BUTT, and how do I prevent it?
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Stress (like from shipping) and being too hot are the two things that come to mind.
     
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  3. Homesteading_Bound

    Homesteading_Bound Chillin' With My Peeps

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    also...feeding them anything but starter (or chicken food) in the beginning...ie..people food
     
  4. Bec

    Bec THE Delaware Blue Hen

    I thought I read somewhere that is was constipation?
     
  5. Tiramisu

    Tiramisu Got Mutts

    May 3, 2008
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    I thought it was the poo getting stuck in their feathers/down too...
    Its not really constapation, its a blockage because the poo clumps on the vent and does not allow passage.
     
  6. ~*Sweet Cheeks*~

    ~*Sweet Cheeks*~ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Like others said - stress from shipping and constipation.

    Three of my ten had pasty butt when I brought them home from the Feed Store. The Feed Store had them 1 day after they were shipped with 90 other chicks from Privett in New Mexico to Olympia WA.

    It's just amazing that's all they had. After I cleaned them, the pasty butt didn't return.
     
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  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:That's actually the symptom of pasty butt and not what causes the poo to get stuck there in the first place.
     
  8. desertgirl

    desertgirl Roo Magnet

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    Where is the pasty butt sticky???!!!

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  9. kaya's farm

    kaya's farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I find if my chicks have a nice solid poop it never has a chance to stick to the butt feathers but if the poo is watery it hardens on the feathers and creates a chain reaction of more poop sticking. Many say oat meal mixed in food helps because it makes the poop harder. I also noticed just moving the light was enough to help alot!!!
     
  10. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    There can be several things that cause pasty butt..as some said, stress, too hot, chilled and cold water also seems to lead to it.
     

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