Pasty Butt is a condition most common in newly hatched chicks and is typically caused by stress. Pasty Butt is a condition described as a build-up of feces on and around the vent. If not treated, the feces will block the vent area, preventing the chick from being able to poop, which can be fatal.
- Stress from being shipped and getting chilled
- Stress from the brooder space being too warm or too cold
- Stress from an overcrowded brooder
- Poor quality chick feed
When your chicks arrive, it is important to check their vents for any signs of pasting. Also, make sure your brooder is the correct size and temperature to prevent additional stress. For tips and tricks to successful brooding visit our handy Chicken Brooding 101 Article.
- Pick the chick up and hold it between your hands keeping the wings secured and bottom pointing away from you.
- Gently run the vent area under lukewarm water (not cold) and wash off the dried feces. You can also use a lukewarm damp cloth to gently remove feces from the vent area.
- Once the feces have been removed, take a towel and dry the chick off. Using a hairdryer on a low heat setting is a great way to quickly dry the area and keep your little one warm.
- Once your chick is completely dry and warmed up, place a small bit of vaseline or coconut oil on the vent area to prevent feces from sticking.
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