Out of all of our endeavors here on our little hobby farm, the thing that I am getting asked about the most is “What is Pasty Butt” and “How do you treat Pasty Butt”. Because this is such a popular question, I decided to create an entire post dedicated to the subject of….Pasty Butt.
What is Pasty Butt?
Pasty butt is, quite simply, when a baby chick’s bottom becomes clogged (and looks pasty) and they can no longer poop. Their little bum can clog up with their own poo, or food could stick to their poo and clog the bum. Sometimes they are very crowded and it’s difficult for the poop to actually drop from them or they are so tiny they just aren’t far enough from the ground for their poo to fully leave the bum hole. Wow…so many “poo” and “poops” and “bums” used already! In short, it’s when their butt looks pasty.
How do I know if my baby chick has Pasty Butt?
You can tell by simply looking. If you can see the vent hole (their bum hole) and it looks clear then your chick is good to go! If it’s pasty and it doesn’t look like they could poop…then, they have pasty butt.
How do I treat Pasty Butt?
This is pretty simple actually, but it does require some manual labor. In order to treat pasty butt, you need to gently wash the chick’s bum so that the vent hole is clear of any debris. Using luke warm water typically works. However, if it is quite pasty and you are catching it late, you may need to use just a dab of soap. I prefer to use an all natural castile soap like Dr. Bronner’s.
And just in case that did not answer all of your questions….I made a video. I wasn’t sure YouTube was ready for this, but..here you go world. You are welcome.