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post #11 of 31
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Originally Posted by ChooksChick 

Betty, one of my BR has an issue. We started calling her MudFlap, but that's just mean.

I trimmed up her 'skirt' a few days ago, and it has made a huge difference, since the stiffer 'roots' of the feathers remaining aren't as subject to absorbing the falling poo.

I wonder if these birds don't hold more of an upright posture when...letting them fall, so to speak. It would account for the difference between their issue and others' lack thereof.

I'm certainly not interested in trimming out a buttnugget every few months, that's for sure! It did seem to be a product of the very rainy season we've had somehow- perhaps more water in the greens than usual combined with her upright...behavior.

I dunno. I'll keep trimming if I must. hu


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I agree with the trimming.  My BO girls have this problem, I'm assuming due to their fluffy behinds.  Once I trim they are good for a while.  Get out some sharp scissors and trim her up.  It will really help.  It seems once it starts it's really hard to stop on it's own.

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post #12 of 31

I have a Barred Rock who has the same problem. I had to cut all the poop off (with some feathers) this winter because it was so cold and the amount of poop stuck to her was dragging down her feathers. She now has a pretty featherless rump because I think she pulls them out herself... but the feathers that remain are still poop covered.

post #13 of 31

We have a Red Star hen with a poopy but just like that. barnie Haven't tried cleaning it yet, but any suggestions on how to get it off?

post #14 of 31

One of my banties has a messy bottom--has had ever since I got her as a youngster (not a chick...just getting old enough to lay).  It's not messy messy; just looks like she has on little briefs.

I keep an eye on it--I have this fear of fly-strike.  Never heard of it in chickens, but...well, you know how flies are...

post #15 of 31

phew!!!! i'm not the only one with EE's with ugly, poopy butts.  i also found a huge nugget on my BR and cut it off. Gross!!! I'm inspecting the rest of the crew in a few.

i think(?)the ones with the ugly butts sleep on the floor of the coop and that  exacerbates the poopy butt problem. before you all jump on me...I have two dog houses with roosts for the ladies to sleep in but all 9 of them sleep in one large, but too small for all of them, dog house.

any suggestions? i've tried pulling them out at night and putting them in the new house. i guess they just love to all be crammed together.

and speaking of bantams  and being together (and going off topic)...the full sized birds will not mingle with the banties. it's been months and they still pick on the little ones.  anyone know why?


Edited by mfranti - 6/3/09 at 4:09pm
post #16 of 31

My barred rock has the same problem.  We had good luck with a blow dryer!

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post #17 of 31

I wonder if these birds would benefit from some raw apple cider vinegar in their water and/or some plain yogurt with active cultures.  Maybe it's something that's a little off-balanced in their digestive tract, and some additional beneficial bacteria would help. 

I had a broody bantam who had nasty loose diarrhea while she was setting.  I put a little ACV in her water dish and her poops got better soon after. 

Remember to put ACV in PLASTIC or GLASS water dishes only, do NOT put them in galvanized metal waterers, the acid will eat it up.  Sometimes I mix up a little of their layer feed with water in a plastic pan and add the ACV to that.

Someone else might know more precise amounts to give, I just add a capful or two to a gallon waterer.  And the yogurt could be given as is, or mixed with feed, maybe even some applesauce.  I give a pint container to a flock of 30, you could give less to fewer birds. 

I don't think it would hurt to try these foods, and I hope it just might help!  Please let us know if they work for your mudflaps!

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post #18 of 31

My black sex-link has the same problem.  I sometimes squirt her with warm water but it just comes back.  Never thought about giving her a trim, maybe I'll just do that.  I already cut her nails so how hard could that be??

post #19 of 31

Muttflap..........lol
thats just funny



My BO`s seem to keep they butt quite fresh for now..I hope I dont have to wash their  behind.. cause all they would get is a cold water hose up their bum.

A Chicken with the " not  so fresh feeling" ..who wudda thunk it ..


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post #20 of 31

my red sexlink chicken has the same problem. I have washed it off several times but she gets poopy again with a week. My other chicken has the cleanest fluffiest butt around. I have given up except I did get a bunch of sand which I heard is good for a dust bath. I thought maybe that would make her cleaner. I think I will try the apple cider vinegar also.

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