Protect Your Baby Chicks from Life Threatening Fecal Impaction

Unexplained Death of Baby Chicks, Explained
amy elizabeth | TBN Ranch

At one time or another it’s inevitable you’ll lose one or more of your new baby chicks. Mail order chicks, or chicks kept in stressful conditions are most at risk.
We usually blame it one one thing or another, but the most common reason is often overlooked… and can be avoided…. Continue Reading

Fecal Impaction

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Unexplained Loss of Baby Chicks, Explained

Fecal Impaction

One Common Cause of Death, and Why

At one time or another it’s inevitable you’ll lose one or more of your new baby chicks. Mail order chicks, or chicks kept in stressful conditions are most at risk. We usually blame it one one thing or another, but the most common reason is often overlooked… and can be avoided.

Once dehydration is ruled out, and the chick showed no other signs of trouble before it died, the problem is often caused by pasting up, which is just a fancy name for a poopy bum.

This is simply a condition where the baby chick’s poop gets stuck on the downy feathers outside their vent and prevents them from pooping. It’s often a fatal condition, so it’s very important to check all the chickie bums for at least the first two weeks of life.

Tending to Pasting Up

If there’s fecal matter stuck to the chicks vent, use a warm wet cloth and soak it off. Sometimes if a chick has a chronic problem with pasting up it’s better to pull off the poop when it’s dry. This way it takes all the downy feathers with it, preventing another impaction.

What Other Professionals Suggest:

Here’s what My Pet Chicken has to say about pasting up, scroll down to Important Health Notes.
Murray McMurray Hatchery’s advice on pasting up. Scroll to Special Situations After the Chicks Arrive.