When raising baby chicks, you’ll find that they will occasionally get what’s called “Pasty Butt.” It can be caused by the stress of shipping or just hatching in an incubator.
It can also be caused by keeping the chicks too warm, or they might need more protein in their feed. Pasty Butt happens because their little digestive system is upset and they don’t have good bacteria in their tummy yet. When momma hen raises chicks, they get good bacteria from picking at the hen’s poo.
When raising chicks… you have to monitor them daily and clean the poo off their little butts, or they could die.
This video shows how!
It’s very important to keep the chick comfortable while you are cleaning his pasty butt. Stress is not any better for chicks than it is for you. So keep calm and hold the chick securely, but gently. Soak the poo with a cotton ball you have soaked in warm water… about the temperature you’d take a bath in. Just keep soaking the cotton ball and then soaking the poop on the chicks butt. It will come off as it softens. Some people use peroxide to soak off the poo, but warm water always works fine for me.
When it is clean, dry off the chick with bathroom tissue, and if it is really red and irritated, you could put a little Vaseline, olive oil or baby oil on the chick’s hiney, so poop doesn’t stick so easy in the future. Some people even trim the fluffy butts a bit so there is nothing for the poo to stick to. Check those chicks daily!
You have to adjust their diet and get good bacteria in their tummy. Feed them a little plain yogurt, mixed in their chick starter. Add a few drops of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar to their water. Mash up a hard boiled egg yolk and feed that to the chicks. You’ll see results fast. No more Pasty Butts.