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What's wrong? Why can't she poop right? (Warning poop picture)

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by CountryHeart06, Mar 6, 2015.

  1. CountryHeart06

    CountryHeart06 Chirping

    Mar 24, 2014
    Chesapeake, VA
    So one of my chicks is having a difficult time going to the bathroom but I really don't think it's pasty butt. I cleaned her butt off and she just keeps chirping loudly whenever she tries going to the bathroom. I also don't think she's constipated because the poop isn't stiff or hard. The vent gets swollen and the poop just stays there until I clean it off. The inside of her vent looks red. Here's a picture of what I keep seeing and then cleaning off. I do have Apple Cider Vinegar in the water.

  2. thehenhouseinpa

    thehenhouseinpa Chirping

    Mar 22, 2014
    I have never seen this with my birds before but I am a licensed vet tech and it looks like a prolapsed rectum like we see in hamsters etc. I would bring her to a vet if you want to go that way or maybe soak her bum in some water with a small amount of sugar in it. Cannot guarantee it will work or what it is, just what we do for small mammals with prolapsed rectums.
  3. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Crowing

    Apr 11, 2011
    I, unfortunately, have seen this. In the 10 or so years I've raised chicks, its happened once. From a chick that hatched from very expensive eggs, which had a dismal hatch rate, so I was pretty keen to save it. Mine got backed up like this from eating small bits of pine shavings. I know the shavings were to blame because I was pulling them from the poor things vent with a tiny pair of tweezers for a few days. You might try the same, get the smallest pair of tweezers you have on hand, gently push them into the center of the mass of poo and very carefully pull out as much as you can. No, the chick will not be happy about the whole process, but it will be when the whole thing is resolved. I tweezer-ed out poo everytime my little chick made that awful, loud "I can't poop" chirp. After a few days though, the chirping ceased and the chick was able to go on its own (and stopped eating shaving bits, thank goodness). I'm not sure shavings are your cause, but they could be if you use them. You might also consider adding grit to your brooder to help prevent this happening again.

    Good luck. Its not fun stuff, that's for sure!
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  4. CountryHeart06

    CountryHeart06 Chirping

    Mar 24, 2014
    Chesapeake, VA
    Wonderful! Yes we do use pine shavings! I asked around elsewhere and they are saying prolapsed vent which they also said was rare in a chick. I applied preparation H to the bottom and have given the chick acidophilus mixed into some scrambled egg and plain greek yogurt. I will go ahead and give the tweezers a try to see if anything comes of that though. And I guess get some grit to help in the meantime! Thanks!

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