Pasty Butt is a condition that may affect very young chicks. If you raise chickens, you may never have to deal with it, but you should be aware of what it is and what to do about it if it happens. Also known as “pasting up,” Pasty Butt happens when the vent (the area right under the tail feathers—or down, in the case of chicks) gets clogged with dried feces. Usually the mother hen will keep her chicks’ vents cleaned up and healthy, but if you are raising the chicks, then YOU are the mom! 🙂 It’s a great job, and you will have to be the one to do the checking and cleaning as necessary. The problem with the vent getting clogged is that the chick can’t poop. The toxins will very quickly poison the chick, and it will die—usually quickly.
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