I have four baby bantam chicks, one of which had a red butt, and I noticed the other three were pecking at it.
I've separated the sick baby. She/he wouldnt lay down, but was in the "sick chicken stance" of just standing up with its head down trying to sleep. But mostly it just keeps cheeping as if in pain.
I have applied "Tucks" pads which have witch hazel in them, as well as hemorhoid cream. Its only been a day, but it doesnt seem to be getting much better. They have 24/7 access to water and crumbles.
This is the second time this has happened to me, my last batch of babies had one with this problem, but I didnt catch it soon enough, and the others pecked its butt bloody and I couldnt save it.
I am very attentive to them, and I just don't understand why this is happening. I showed a neighbor who used to raise chickens, and he said he had never seen that and didn't even know about it.
What is causing these babies to have the protruding vent and get so sick?
Thanks for your help.