Last week I just could not resist and purchased a SECOND batch of 6 new peeps! I had gotten 6 chicks about 5 weeks ago and they grew so quickly. 3 of them sold, and I'm keeping the other 3 out of that batch, and plan to sell 2 of this new batch, which will leave me with 7 new layers for this coming fall. Nothing like counting your chickens, right?
We've been getting many questions from newbees that come to see the Heritage Hen House that hubby has been building. I'm always happy to help answer questions and give advice on picking out baby chicks to get people started out right with their first flock. One of the troubles folks need to try to avoid is buying chicks with "Pasty Butt". It looks just like it sounds - "poo" that builds up on the chick's behind and clogs their vent area. If they remain plugged they could perish in short order. Do not purchase chicks that have this issue. It is caused by stress: too hot, too cold, transporting, and overcrowding can be some of the causes of pasty butt. If this happens to an otherwise healthy chick once you've had it for a few days, hold it's fanny under running tepid water till the manure loosens, then clean it off and let the chick dry off in it's brooder or box with heat lamp, and keep an eye out for any more problems. If it persists, medicated feed may help, or add electrolytes to the drinking water. Feeding a bit of cornmeal mixed in with the feed is something else to try.