Fecal Impaction & Baby Chicks

 Poopy Bums 101

Avoiding Fecal Impaction, a Life Threatening Problem

You can’t always see if there’s a problem just by glancing over the chicks, so pick each chick up check for fecal matter. It’s always good practice to handle your chicks anyway, so this is a good way to socialize and take care of them at the same time. If you find a chick with a poopy wad, use warm water and a cloth to gently clean it off, if it’s hard and stuck like glue use a drop or two of soap. Soap seems to soften the fecal matter and allows you to work it out. It’s absolutely vital to check all your little chick’s bums for fecal matter every day or you will  surely have a much bigger problem, such as a treatment for an impaction, or worse, death.

Danger Signs of Impaction

Young chicks commonly suffer from fecal impaction, and if left untreated they will die. The warning signs are listlessness, stumbling, and sometimes a swollen abdomen. Most likely your ailing chick has a dirty bum with caked on fecal matter hindering the ability to poop.

What to Do

Soak the chick in a warm sits bath for at least 5 minutes and gently remove all the fecal matter using a few drops of soap to help soften.  After treatment, keep chick isolated so you’re sure the little guy poops.  Remember, chicks chill easily and it’s important to provide an adequate heat source as soon as possible after the sits bath.

 

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Author: amy elizabeth, TBN Ranch

amy elizabeth is a Backyard Chicken-Keeping Advocate & Consultant, Vintage Collector, & Author.

8 thoughts on “Fecal Impaction & Baby Chicks”

  1. The subject of pooh is funny but the impaction is not. Hope all your chicks are okay. We had a dog when I was young who had that problem and it wasn’t fun…

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