What does pasting up look like?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by my three chickens, Mar 13, 2008.

  1. my three chickens

    my three chickens In the Brooder

    Jan 13, 2008
    I'm new to this, with six chicks (amazing) who are now three days old. A few have had dirty butts, one with a lot of sticking. I wasn't sure if she could poop, so I cut off some of the dried stuff to be sure. Now her vent looks big and red--maybe from having feathers picked out, maybe from irritation? But then I saw her take two poops, so she's not pasted, right?

    I'm realizing that I don't know what pasting up looks like. Can anyone describe it, or even show a photo?

    Also, at what point should you clean a butt? Preventively, or just leave it alone until there's a problem pooping?

  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    It literally looks like a chunk of poo stuck on the bum. Moisten it with a wet cloth and work it loose. To prevent further pasting, a light application of oil can be helpful. Pasting is often caused due to stress of shipping or getting chilled.

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