Chicks and Dingleberries

Yep, chicks get them.

There’s something called “Pasty Butt” or “Pasted Vent”.  Basically, the fecal matter sticks and can plug up the chick’s vent.  There are lots of articles about this.  Basically, soak the birds and or trim the yuck off.

A few of our chicks had another issue.

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See the chick’s toes?  This can can happen for several reasons.  Maybe you waited too long to change your bedding.  Maybe your brooding area is damp–that’s the case here.

We had a lot of rain for a long period of time  This shed has no foundation (yet) and the the water percolated through the ground all the way inside the shed.  The bedding became damp in the high traffic areas.  Nastiness ensued.

Those little balls of yuck are like really hard dirt clods.  You can soak the chick’s feet in water to soften.  I didn’t bother with that.  I took wire cutters and carefully cut the yuck off.

This is a good reason to be in tune with your flock.  You’ll avoid a lot of extra work or even losses.

Side note:  You should handle them when you can, so they’re used to you.  I think this helps avoid flightiness.

–JS

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