June 27, 2012

Beak-To-Butt Checkup Is Critical!

Three Sweet Buff Polish Cresteds
This is our first experience with chicks so I did A LOT of research on the internet, asking LOTS of questions and generally bugging the heck out of our chicken-owning friends before we even ordered the chicks.  When the chicks were delivered yesterday I knew to check everyone from beak-to-butt. They all seemed super healthy but the yellow Polish Crested had a small glob what looked like tangled brown string stuck on her rear. In the back of my mind a warning bell went off and I got back on the computer and looked up pasting over (also called pasty butt).

The little blob did not look like pasty butt in the photos but I was concerned so I called the hatchery she was purchased from My Pet Chicken.  I talked to a very knowledgeable person. By my description of it and the fact that it was not covering the vent she determined that it was umbilical cord.  I know, chickens don't give live birth, but it is the yolk that is giving life to the chick hatchesAMAZING, huh. They usually fall off during hatching but about one in one hundred do not for some unknown reason. Some of my very experienced chicken-keeping friends had never even heard of this. I was told to just watch it close it would fall off on its own and in the meantime I could keep a bit of Neosporin Ointment it as a precaution. If the other chicks started pecking at it I would have to separate her from the rest till it fell off. We were very fortunate to not have a case of pasty butt...!

Watch your chicks very closely ...Pasting over or pasty butt is when poop dries on the vent and blocks the seal shut. Pasty butt literally stops up the chick so they can't excrete their poop and can be potentially fatal. Check each chick one by one for 'pasty butt' and clean off any poop on their vent with a q-tip moistened with warm water or vegetable oil.  If it does not come off easily do not pick or rub at it. There are step-by-step instructions online or you can call a hatchery for treatment info.  It needs to be treated immediately and gently. Feeding the chicks cornmeal or ground raw oatmeal can help clear up pasty butt. Be sure and provide chick-sized grit if you feed your chicks anything other than chick starter feed.

No one is sure what causes it but it can be anything from wrong diet, sudden changes in temperatures or stress of travel from the hatchery. Continue to check Beak to butts for the first few days. If you are concerned about anything don't hesitate to call someone with experience!




  1. بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
    شركة وادى الرياض تقدم بعض اعماله لكى الكل يعرف شركاتنا واننا نعمل من اجل العمل الرائع الذى يصعب على اى شركة اخرة ونبداء بشركة
    شركة تنظيف بجازان
    شركة تنظيف بجازان من المناطق الصعبة وذاتة حرارة كبيرة جدا ويصعب على اى شركة تبقى فهذا المكان الحار الصعب غير شركة وادى الرياض
    شركة مكافحة حشرات بجازان
    وكذالك شركة المكافحة اصعب من التنظيف لان المكافحة تحتاج الى المبيدات الازمة ولذالك نستورد المبيدات اللزمة فى رش المبيدات والتى تعمل فى صمت حفاظا على ارواح البشر وخاصة على الاطفال عزيزى العميل انتا فى ايد امنة فلا تشغل بالك ابدا
    شركة مكافحة حشرات بخميس مشيط
    مكافحة الحشرات فى خميس مشيط الامر الهام الذى يعنبروة العميل صعبا ولاكن مع شركة وادى الرياض تجد كل شىء سهل فلا تعتل اى هم لذالك من المكافحة او رش المبيدات
    شركة تسليك مجارى بالدمام
    شركة تسليك مجارى من افضل الشركات حتى هذة اللحظة الحاسمة والتى يعرف عن صعوبة هذا الامر فى مجال التسليك لذالك شركاتنا تنفذ اكبر عمليات التسليك حتى الان
    شركة تسليك مجارى بالرياض
    افضل شركة تسليك مجارى بالدمام
    شركة تنظيف نجران
    شركة تنظيف بابها
    شركة رش مبيدات بجدة
    شركة تنظيف منازل بجدة
    شركة مكافحة حشرات بمكة
    شركة رش مبيدات بمكة
    اننا شركة وادى الرياض نعمل من اجل العميل ولدينا مهارات عالية وعمالة خاصة من او على اعلى مستوى تتخيلة فلا تشغل بالك مهما كان الشىء الذى تطلبة من شركاتنا سواء تنظيف بيتك ولدينا كذا طريقة لنوصل للانتا تريدة وسوفا تكون راضى عن شركة وادى الرياض


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