Raising Turkeys – Pasty Butt… WHAT?

I have raised several batches of chickens from babies, even helped hatch one that was abandoned by the mom. And I have NEVER had to deal with the phenomena known as Pasty Butt, until now!

Pasty Butt also known as pasted vent and pasting up is a condition that occurs in baby chicks when droppings stick to the down surrounding their vent. Poop builds up to form a blockage that can be fatal to the chicken unless removed.

Lovely, right?!

So, while the definition says chickens, it can happen to turkeys as well, so I found out anyway.

The best way to get rid of it that I found is to simply run the poor little dears bottom under some warm water. It’s need to be warm, because it is important that chicks stay warm at this delicate age. My turkeys have not yet developed all their adult feathers, so they need to be kept warm.

So, you run their bottoms under warm water and using a soaked wash cloth gently remove the offending obstacle by slowly wiping at it. Be careful not to pull as this can injure the skin or pluck down feathers. I found that alternating between holding the warm washcloth on the area and letting the running tap water flow over it to help loosen it worked just fine.

The poult (that’s what baby turkey’s are called, I looked it up! LOL!) didn’t seem to care and in fact seemed to sleep or doze through most of the procedure. I was worried I might injure it, but everything worked itself out.


The little guy keeping warm and relaxing with my daughter while he dries off. I am pretty sure this is a tom because he squared off with me right before we cleaned him up. 🙂 


And back with his friends.

Do you have any funny turkey raising stories to share? Feel free to do so below in the comments section! I’d LOVE to read them!



5 thoughts on “Raising Turkeys – Pasty Butt… WHAT?

  1. The #1 cause of pasty butt is not having enough “cold” space for the birds to be in. Chicks need both a warm spot and cool air to be in and if there’s not enough then pasty but levels increase. It’s better to err a few degrees too low after the first 3 days than a few degrees too hot.


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