If these adorable little chicks were being raised by a hen, she would make sure they didn't get pasty butt. She would, gulp, peck it off. Now that is true love! Pasty butt, as you probably know can be very deadly to a little chick. This morning when I was cleaning out their brooder I noticed that only two of the nineteen had pasty butt. By the time I got them back in the brooder only one had pasty butt. I am not sure if one of the other chicks pecked it off (thinking it was food- they will peck at anything that is dark, crumbly looking). I carefully cleaned the little on up and she was on her way. I am sure she is in their releasing right now. Cleaning up her vent was life giving to her, I am sure she appreciates it.
I am not sure why, but the moment I saw this picture in my Picasa album, I immediately thought of me and my best friend, Franziska. This picture reminds me of us. Even down to the fact that their is some poop laying on the "ground" (my quilt!!! YIKES!) around us. That is what dear friends are for, to walk you through the crap that life sometimes throws at 'cha, side by side we shall be.
These two light colored chicks are the Buff Orppington and the Buff Brahma, Henry has claimed one of them and named her Gwen.
Psst. Psst. Do you see that little girl there, the black and yellow one with her sweet little head sort of pointing sideways downward? Well, the dear man at the hatchery, "threw" her in for free. She is a Black Copper Maran and she is challenged to say the least. I am happy to have her in the mix and pray she is able to adapt to her differences as she grows.
I am working on a name for her, she will be easy to recognize in the mix. We had added two Welsummers, three Black Copper Marans, a Buff Orppington, a Buff Braham, an Americauna, a Yellow Comet, and the 9 mixed "back yard" chickens from our hen. We will be able to determine what their mother was as they get their pin feathers later this month. Like I said, 2 out of 19 chicks with pasty butt isn't bad. This will be the worst week for pasty butt then we will be on to bigger and better things!