I have 2 cuckoo cochins, and they arent the "neatest" girls to say the least when it comes to poop on their hind fur. I know it can cause problems. It wasn't too bad before because the other girls seemed to sort of "look after" them and help out. Today though, I noticed their rear is a little messier than I care for. I want to clean it up. It's getting cooler here at night though so I don't want to really trim it if I can help it, they need the warmth. I'm thinking about pulling the 2 girls out and cleaning them off in the house before bringing them back outside (dry), but I don't want to create flock issues or anything. Will it/could it cause problems? And what's the best way to handle cleaning up the fur? They were hand raised since day old, so they're use to being handled (I don't hold them now, but they do like being pet a little still sometimes).
Other question. I'm in the valley in NC, in between mountains and beaches. It doesn't typically get TOO cold, but it can during the winter sometimes dip down. When should I, or should I worry about lighting in the coop? I don't want to create a fire hazard, but I don't want them to freeze to death, get sick, or get frost bite or anything like that. My coop isn't insulated. I'm not sure if I'm comfortable having electric running in there, but I don't want to cause them harm either by being too cold. Torn on the "right" answer here.
I have 10 pullets and a cockerel. They're 7mos and then 5mos 3wks. Most of the pullets huddle around my cockerel at night, a few stray over to the other side of the top nesting shelf though and huddle together.