Lollipop - you might want to go back and take a look at how your pasted message is worded. It might just be me, but it comes across like you are a god-given authority on pasty butt (hmm, do I sense a new potential avatar here for you? Just wait until April 1... ). I appreciate your sharing your experience, but IMHO it is good to put in disclaimers and explain that it worked for you... My own experience was that more chicks came down with pasty butt while using molasses (which I did for one day based on your advice), but it cleared up soon after I switched to Apple Cider Vinegar. With molasses the poo was indeed runnier / stickier. To me that is the definition of pasty butt? Using molasses, the pasty butt may work its way through the flock, but it may do that regardless of the molasses. With the ACV the problem stopped. Next time you have chicks, you might want to give this newfangled ACV cure a try. I am sure it is not the only way, either but it worked for me. Davearoo - interesting perspective on feed. Might try it next time around. Thanks for sharing that. I'm also using a heat emitter with my chicks and have been worried about them not getting food/water as they need it. I'm also using a seedling heat mat under the brooder (radiant heat floor for chicks!). They seem to really like this, and it uses only 17 watts of electricity.