What the heck is pasty butt? If you have experience with chickens you probably already know the answer. For those of you with new baby chicks that have landed here on my post most likely feel the way I felt not too long ago.
Our family brought home 6 new baby chicks and one ended up having “pasty butt.” Pasty butt which has also been referred to pasting up means that the chicks vent hole has been blocked with stool which can be life threatening to chicks. They can get backed up and in turn die if not taken care of right away.
If you notice pasty dry stool stuck to their feathers underneath they may have pasty butt. This can happen for a variety of reasons and because the mother hen is not around to clean her baby (kind of like kittens and mamma cat) you will have to clean it for them. You probably will want a pair of disposable gloves if you have any and if you don’t, make sure you wash your hands before and after really well!
One the most easiest ways to help a baby chick with pasty butt is to hold their bottom under warm water (not hot or too cold) and gently and I mean gently use a cotton swap, q-tip or something soft to remove the harden stool. Baby chicks are very sensitive in that area so you’ll want to be gentle as you can.
Once you have cleared the area it’s a really good idea to make sure your baby chick’s feathers are dried well before putting them back in with others. For some reason them being wet or shiny, I’m not really sure what the reason, it can cause the other babes to peck them which isn’t good.
For the next few days keep an eye on them to make sure pasty butt is not starting up again. If so, repeat the process.
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