So, 5 of my 16 have pasty butts -- 4 Buff Orps and 1 buff cochin -- and I'm wondering just how clean I need to get their behinds.
All 5 are not plugged -- that is, I can see their vent, it's pink, and they can still poop -- but they all have crusty poop stuck to their butts. I'm trying to weigh the costs/ benefits of getting them wet and cold and stressed to remove some poop that isn't impeding any bodily function. I mean, they're certainly cuter without pasty butts, but .... :)
Any tips? Is the danger a bowel blockage, or catching the attention of other other chicks, or both? The last thing I need are some pecked vents if a little warm water would solve the problem.