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Monday, 15 February 2021 05:11

How To Prevent Pasted Vent In Chickens

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Vent pasting is as a result of so many factors as discussed below.


Water unavailability in the brooder. 

Birds that are unable to have easy access to water when they have eaten will get a pasted vent. 

It simply means the feed will not be easily digested, so in the same way the bird will find a challenge in passing out the firm/dry droppings.


Drinker placement

Farmers should provide enough drinkers in the house, and the height of the waterers should be easily accessed by the chicks.

As a fact, chicks do no drink hot water. So when you put water near to heat, they will neglect the water! 

So water should always be put a distance away  from the heaters!

Always provide clean fresh water for your birds.


Feed texture

If you are giving chicks self mixed feed, it should be of very fine texture (almost like flour) for easy digestion. If they are given big particles of feed, digesting and passing out becomes a challenge.

Pelleted feed and crumbles are highly digestible and will not cause you any challenges.


Temperature regulation

Farmers  should always follow the temperature regulation guide when brooding, putting too much heat in the brooder causes dehydration, vent pasting, panting and increased mortalities. 

A thermometer in the brooder is a must, if you do not know how to use behavioural changes  of the chicks to regulate temperature.


E. Coli infections

One of the most disturbing diseases in the first week of a chick’s life is E. Coli infection. It can cause increased mortalities  in the first few days, birds unable to stand or walk( usually starts on day 2), birds just resting on their chests  helpless! Mucus from eyes, at times a diarrhoea, and PASTING OF THE VENT.


Prolonged days of glucose usage in the brooder too can cause this! glucose should be used for only 1 day. Farmers should therefore select good quality chicks from good breeders, stop receiving chicks without proper disinfection, and clean and disinfect all equipments even if they are new!


Intestinal Blockage

Chicks can have their gut blocked by foreign materials.

In the first 30 hours of life, chicks cannot differentiate what is feed and what’s not feed. 

We are therefore supposed to use brooder paper to help these chicks not get access to litter /bedding. Once they eat and their crops fill up, that’s when they will be able to differentiate feed and water from non edible material. - Veterinary Information


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