Do chicks ever really die from PBS?
OK, it isn't a medical term, but I'm talking about "pasty butt syndrome". This is only my second time with day old chicks. First time around, I read about all the scary stuff and tried to remove feces from a little guy. A warm washcloth wouldn't do it, and dipping in warm water wasn't effective either. Both my husband and I decided the stress on the chick from our interferrance was probably not worth it. The chick was just fine when he feathered out.
Now we have at least 6 New Hamphire Reds with unattractive butts. They are only four days old and we have decided to just leave them be. They don't seem concerned that they look gross and don't seem to have a problem relieving themselves. As with so much other advice I have received, I am always skeptical -- but yet, I don't want to take chances.
Has anyone here personally had a chick die because he couldn't relieve himself??? I don't want to hear about "somebody said" or "my friend had ----". Just you. Have you ever had it happen?