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One my my hens has had a piece of poop stuck to the feathers under her vent for 2-3 weeks now.  I tried to take it off (with gloves) when I first noticed it, but it wouldn't come off without pulling her feathers out, and I didn't want to hurt her, so I left it, thinking that it would eventually come off with dust baths, etc.

 

Is this something I need to worry about?

post #2 of 8
It will stay there until it gets so big it rips off the feathers, it's best to get out your scissors and do some trimming, some chickens aren't as clean as others.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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post #3 of 8

You can try dousing or soaking with water until it softens enough to loosen up but she won't be any worse for wear if you just yank it... 

 

Have you gotten the whole egg dingleberry yet? It happens in winter. The initial moisture around the egg or a little poop will freeze the egg to the butt feathers. :lau

As a matter of fact, that is chicken poo on my arm. Why do you ask?
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As a matter of fact, that is chicken poo on my arm. Why do you ask?
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post #4 of 8

I would just trim off the feathers with scissors as suggested rather then yank it off, lot more comfortable for the bird.  Some birds with extra fluffy backsides benefit from a routine trim now and then to help prevent the problem altogether.

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wife to long suffering husband who has built more miles of fence, barns, coops and enclosures then one man should have to, two teenage boys, current flock of 13 assorted hens, 1 big red roo and a list of other assorted farm animals. 
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post #5 of 8
If its dry, you could also crush it with a pair pliers smile.png
Nikki
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Nikki
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post #6 of 8

Agree with the rest, cut/trim, don't pull = HURTS :(  

post #7 of 8

I've got a barred rock that has this problem.  About every month or two I'll take her in to the tub and gently run warm water over the area while breaking it loose with my gloved fingers.  She actually seems to like it!  Only takes 5 or 10 minutes.  Prefer this to cutting so I don't leave that area bare.

post #8 of 8

Me too. I have a few hens who have this build-up problem. Trimming the feathers isn't a good solution. The trimmed feathers will be even more prone to accumulate poop in my experience.

 

I fill a small tub with a couple inches of warm water. I take a shallow cup, scoop water into it, and hold it under the vent where the clot is. This softens it so you can pull it off without hurting the feathers or the chicken. Keep splashing water on the area until all the poop rinses away. Pat dry with a soft, dry cloth.

 

As to whether it's something to be concerned about or not, I find that my hens appreciate the help, and they certainly smell a lot better for the cleanup. I imagine it could be a problem during summer in an area that has a fly problem, too.

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