Wanted to start a blog so anyone thinking about getting chickens and have been scared to start because they have heard so many bad rumors will see how fun it really is! I'm here to tell you that after having chickens for six years now that they can be a JOY to have around and they do NOT stink like I was told, if they are properly taken care of. I have also Included a detailed Post on how to make your own cheap brooder for 25 chicks for up to six weeks (pictures included.)
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Pasty Butt in Chicks (how to treat) Pictures included
Pasty Butt...what is it?All it is is poo built up over a few days on your chicks vent area. If this goes untreated they will die. The poo turns very solid (almost cement feeling) and the chicks are no longer able to poop and will die a slow miserable death so PLEASE don't let this go untreated. If you are scared to do it yourself ask someone else who may have chickens to help you. After about two weeks they will grow out of that and you won't have to worry about it. And only a few will get it. It is very common in Cochins.
What you will need:
Paper towel (just a few sheets)
A rubber glove
Warm water (I use my utility sink in the laundry room)
What you need to do is run your water until it's warm...testing it at your wrist to be sure it's not too hot. Run the vent area under the water while working the poo with your gloved hand. What I do is try to gently squeeze the poo until it starts to break lose. Be sure you do not squeeze too hard, you don't want to pull their feathers out in that area. This may take a good 5 min of continuously working the poo lose. After 5 min give the chick a little rest for a min (not long enough to UNDO what you have already done) you want it to stay soaked so don't leave it too long. This should be plenty of time though. Once you got it all off wrap them in a paper towel to soak up all the water and dry them the best you can then add a little olive oil on their vents and this will help it from happening again. Then you can put them back in the brooder. If they are still a little wet that's ok...they will dry pretty quickly under the heat lamp. Here is a before and after picture of Pasty Butt: These pictures are just after a few days so you can see how fast this can happen so be sure to check them daily.