Baby Chicks With Pasty Butts

Baby Chicks With Pasty Butts

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.

Nothing beats the momma hen.

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.

UGH! But, nature knows best.

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.

KISS: Keep It Super Simple

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!

Most importantly…

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.

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26 Responses to “Baby Chicks With Pasty Butts”

  1. DANI CAMP says:

    Thanks so much…who knew one could type in ‘my chick’s butts are clogged with poop’..and get an answer. Don’t ya love the net?

    Amateur Farmer

  2. admin says:

    Pasty butts is a very big problem with raising chicks. Hope that the article helped and that you come back again.

  3. Tina says:

    I just wathched the video of the chic getting her tooshie cleaned. Thank you so much for doing that. I just bought 2 chics for the first time, and one of the girls have pasty butt. It’s pretty bad. I’ll be tyring the cotton ball and peroxide. Thank you again!!

  4. admin says:

    Thank you for your interest. Pasty butt is one of the most important issues when raising young chicks. The other day we were at our local feed store. We noticed that they had some chicks for sale. Walking over to look at them right away we noticed that several of the chicks had pasty butt. We alerted the store manager and showed her the problem. Looking almost clueless she promised to look into things.
    What people have to realize is that stuff hardens and closes off their vent and they will die if that is not cleaned off. Just start will a cotton ball and warm water and let it slowly soften. Comes right off.

  5. Brit miler says:

    hello will this work for very dried poo on their bottoms because i had tried it with Q-tips and the cotton stuck to their bottom and the dry poo.

  6. admin says:

    Brit,
    Thanks for your question. Yes it will. What you have to remember is to take your time and carefully soak the area
    to get the poo wet. Remember that is going to be a very sensitive place on the chick so try no to be too abrasive.
    Just carefully soak and take your time, and it will come off.
    thanks again for your question and we hope that helps.

  7. claudia says:

    oh thank you!!!!!

  8. Dana says:

    Thanks! I knew how to get it clean but appreciate the dietary advice! Busting out the yogurt now! :)
    Dana recently posted..Pasty Butt

  9. Jane says:

    I clean my chicks vent with warm running water and just kind of twist the poop back and forth til it turns loose. Removing the fluff prevents this from happening again. I had wondered why the chicks don’t get pasty butt when they are hatched by a hen. Thank for the info. My chicks have pooped some of the biggest poop after removing the dried poop from their vent.

  10. pasty butt is very common just like chicken junkie said if not took care of they chick can not let go any waste and it backs up so to speak … feedstores and etc also have the same problem wth chicks with pasty butt and do nothing for it most of the time :( because they dont know what it is :( i like the recomendations for treatment of pasty butt will use that for chicks i hatch and etc … great info misty

  11. Allison says:

    Hi there, just 3 days ago my family and I got 6 little chicks from a near by store it turns out one of the girls has pasty butt when we got her. I’ve been able to get most of the dried poop but she is still having a hard time and it looks like she has a few sores around her butt shes also acting like shes in a lot of pain crying constantly and doesn’t eat and drink like the others also I noticed one of the few times she was able to poop there was a little bit of blood. Is there anything special I should do for her to make her feel better?

  12. Thanks you! We just brought our very first chicks home and 2 had balls the size of quarters of crusted poop on their bums. They seem so sick and can hardly walk. I’ve washed them and hopefully they can start moving things through now! I am shocked that they store doesn’t take better care of them. I’m going to try all of the things you said. I should have looked more carefully at the store but now they are mine and I don’t want them to die!
    Melissa @ Bless This Mess recently posted..The Very Hungry Caterpillar Party

  13. megan says:

    Hi. I have a chick I just got with red tissue hanging out of her butt… What to do? Clean? seperate from other chicks?

  14. chansenAdmin says:

    That is a rough navel. Most times they will heal on their own. Just keep the chick in a really clean brooder so it doesn’t become infected. It’s caused by a problem in your incubator. Not having the right humidity or temp.

  15. chansenAdmin says:

    I’d put a bit of Vaseline on it’s little bum, to help it heal. I’d also put some plain yogurt in the mash and stir it up. That will help settle it’s stomach, add good bacteria. The chick could also have Cocci and need treating for that. You can get Sulmet at most farm stores and mix in water according to instructions.

  16. Pam says:

    Thank you for the info.. Just found one of my chicks with this condition.. Had already cleaned it with Vaseline and put her back in the brooder just to have her sisters run her over. She is weak and hoping she pulls though. This site is very helpful.. I found by typing in chicks with poop butts….

  17. Gregg says:

    Thanks for the info, we’ve got a few bantams we are raising this year for the first time…poor little things have poo about the size of their bodies. One can hardly stand. We’ve never seen this in our full sized breeds. Would it hurt to add cider vinegar to the water every time you get new chicks???

  18. Donna says:

    Thanks so much for the good advice. I had no idea it was so serious. Two of the four chicks had pasty butts but thanks to you, they are improving. Thanks again.

  19. kylie says:

    THANK YOU!! this was so helpful to my lil chick :)

  20. Dianne says:

    Hi! Thank you for the great advice. Your video gave me the courage to clean my little chicks bums – I was afraid to hurt them. I am trying to figure out why they have pasty butt because they are being raised by their mom. I was carefully removing the poop to keep their cage clean, but now I have left it in. I am also feeding yogurt. All but one have cleared up. They are two weeks old. I thought they might be too warm so I moved the heat lamp away, which I turn on when it gets close to freezing.

  21. chansenAdmin says:

    If your chicks are in with the hen, they shouldn’t even need a light. They may have been too warm. I also give mine grass and weed clippings and a bit of dirt or grit to peck at. Seems to help. Dandylions are what me hens seem to feed their chicks when I let them outside. Hope that helps. The yogurt is awesome for fixing their little tummy.

  22. chansenAdmin says:

    You have to remove the poo if it sticks to their bums. asap. Yes, ACV is good for them too.

  23. Nina Alena says:

    THANK YOU! For all of your advice on pasty butt. Cleaned her right up last night. Fed her a boiled egg and put a few drops of organic apple cider vinegar in their water. No one took to the yogurt, but I think the rest was enough. She had been eating so little compared to the others. Now she is right in their with the rest in less than 12 hours. I even sprinkled a tiny tiny bit of acidophilus powder on their food, which I’m sure didn’t hurt to try. SO relieved, thank you for thorough video and info.

  24. Jonathan says:

    Well i wished id seen this sooner, my baby chick has gotten so backed up in the past day or 2. She isnt even trying to keep her head up or eyes open, i did get some electroyets (idk how to spell it lol) in her and she seems to have gotten better, what should i do now??!?!?!?!?!?

  25. Valerie says:

    What is the ratio of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar to water?

  26. Vic says:

    Thanks for the advice!!!! I fed the chicks some egg, they loved the boiled egg more than the yogurt, but it worked!!!! Thank you again!
    Vic recently posted..Poultrygeist at Gower’s Feed in Ranson, WV

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