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Treating {& Preventing} Pasty Butt in Chickens

We will explore what pasty butt is, what causes it, how to prevent it, how to treat it, and whether or not genetics plays a role.

What is Pasty Butt?

Pasty butt occurs when the vent or cloaca of a chicken becomes covered in poop. This can happen for several reasons, but the most common cause is dehydration.


Other than dehydration, which is a common cause, there are other causes of pasty butt to consider as well.

Treating {& Preventing} Pasty Butt in Chickens


Treating {& Preventing} Pasty Butt in Chickens

Clean drinking water is imperative for all animals (and humans) but can be especially vital for young chicks.

Feed Appropriately

They should have a balanced diet with only the appropriate supplemental foods and treats given.

Keep your chicks clean and dry

Clean, dry chicks will reduce the risk of any illness or infection. If you notice dirt or excrement, old food, etc. on your chick, clean them up and ensure they are warm and comfortable.

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