So your baby chick has pasty butt? Now what?

Pasty butt, chicken pasty butt 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.

Chicken with Pasty Butt, Pasty butt 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.

Baby Chicks, Pasty Butt

 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.

Thanks for stopping by!




  • Michelle @ Dishes and Dust Bunnies

    This was really interesting – I gre wup on a farm as a child and there’s a lot I didn’t realize then. my family worked so hard on the farm and there are so many little things to have to watch for!

  • Racquel Schroder Bregg

    We’ve never tried raising chicks. This would be really helpful if we were.

  • Austin

    Perfectly good eggs wasted on making baby chicks… just kidding those birds are cute

  • christina aliperti

    I have never had a baby chick, so I had no idea what pasty butt is. This is good to know for those that do. Those chicks are adorable.

  • Lynndee

    Cute li’l chicks! My mom has a chicken coop back home and she has lots of chickens and chicks. I’m unsure if she knows about this, but I will share this with her.

  • Donna Ward

    awww…so cute – it’s funny, I was just visiting with a friend today about her 3 chicken (all grown now) she shared her video and told about their different personalities – I had little chickies when I was 7 yrs old – when they grew up my babysitter took over for me – this was an adorable and learning post 🙂

  • April @ Everyday Fitness and Nutrition

    I’ve never heard of pasty butt but then again, I’ve never owned chickens. I can imagine this would be a pretty common problem.

  • Chubskulit Rose

    Those chicks are stinken cute! I miss having chicken run around the yard. Can’t have it here now that we live in the city,

  • Rosey

    aww I’d be so apprehensive to do it. They’re so delicate when they’re little. This is good information though!

  • Fi Ní Neachtáin

    Aww how cute are those little chicks. I never knew that they took extra looking after like this either, but they are babies of course 🙂

  • Kay M

    This is very good advice. Pasty Butt is not a good thing for little chicks. If you purchase chicks from outside sources, you need to keep them separate from your existing flock for a couple of weeks as well, just in case they have gotten sick in transit to the store. Baby chicks need to be watched close, in case they do get pastybutt. We always keep the little buggers in a Rubbermaid tote in our bathroom (with a wire lid) until they start to feather out! LOL!

  • Marie

    We don’t have chickens (or chicks) or tried taking care one but this is good to know! Thank you for sharing .

  • Kim

    We’ve always wanted to have chickens – now I’ll know what to do if one of them has a problem!

  • Jeanine

    Interesting to know! I hadn’t heard of this before. Poor little Chick’s with pasty butt doesn’t sound too fun! I don’t think I’ll ever have Chick’s but if so this is good to know!

  • Danielle K

    This is very useful info. I have friends with chickens so I’ll definitely have to pass this along to them.

  • Audrey (Trhardmom)

    I had no idea that anything like this could happen to baby chicks! We have had dogs before, but no other pets in our home.
    Sounds like you have to keep a close eye on them and help take care of them just like their mom. Lucky chicks to be in your family.

  • Tanya C.

    When we were raising chickens and turkeys this was something we had to keep an eye on. I grew up with putting a little bit of keyro syrup on the q-tip to help ‘glide’ out blockage. Hope tgat helps!

  • celebbabylaundry

    Even though I don’t have a chick, it’s still really cool to learn about this stuff and be educated!

  • Melissa Pezza

    This series is so much fun! I’d love to have chickens, but we’re not zoned for it. =(

  • Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    This is such a fun article! I’m from the south, so I love seeing anything about chickens. They’re all over the place down here.

  • Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    I have never known anyone who had chicks in real life, so this was really interesting to read. I never knew this.

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