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One Hen with Dirty Butt Feathers (Updated with Pics)

post #1 of 18
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I have three 1.5 year old backyard hens. They are all acting healthy and eating normally, but one of the hens has had dirty (poopy) feathers around her butt for the past few weeks.

Her poops are sometimes normal (round, brown, firm with a white top), and are sometimes brown and runny.

She's laying eggs normally, and all the hens act healthy overall - should I be concerned that the feathers around this one hen's rear end are poopy?


Edited by seattlefarmette - 6/14/09 at 12:25pm
post #2 of 18

welcome-byc

You can wash her butt of--just soak in warm water and loosen off the poop.  Dry her of good and let her go.  If it happens alot, I heard you can give a bit of molasses to them to help with it, but never tried it.  if she's laying consistently, don't worry about it.

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post #3 of 18

Mine did that too, I think its because I just let them out and she is eating grass and different things they didnt get to all winter. You can wash if you want to or even pull them out but ouch...I left mine alone. Now if it covers her "exit" then you need to get it off, so it doesnt kill her. smile

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post #4 of 18

I think I would feed her this for a E.coli infection in the gut

you can feed this wet mash with vit's to all the chickens it will not hurt them just help the gut flora

for each chicken fed this wet mash with vit's
3 tbsp of dry crumble feed
4 bsp of milk
1 tbsp of yoguart and 1 tbsp of apple sauce left till after you put in the vit's for her gut problem

and for each chicken in flock(your feeding this to) put in one 1000 mg of vit E cut end off and add to mix
 
1 vit B complex for each chick fed crushed and put in the wet mix   
also a tablet crushed of selinium mix good and
 
last add 1 tbsp of apple sauceon top   
to get them eating the wet mash probiotic 

feed this for several days twice a day   
then once a week for life of chicken to restore gut flora in the medicated birds gut 

also put 2 tbsp of ACV in gallon of water and do this for several weeks when not putting medication in the waterers
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post #5 of 18
Thread Starter 

Thank you for the advice!  I will try to wash off the dirty area to see if it comes back - I have been wondering if it was a one-time soiling & not an ongoing issue. 

I do sometimes give them dinner scraps along with their regular chicken feed pellets and so maybe something from that gave her diarrhea one day?

post #6 of 18
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We fed our hen some active culture yogurt yesterday and cleaned her butt today. We got most of the poop off, but at the base of her feathers right near her butt there was a weird substance. It is granular - almost like a mineral or something. Is that some sort of by product of egg laying? Warm water didn't seem to break it up at all. I tried to get some pictures of it.

http://i734.photobucket.com/albums/ww344/PanicDog/ChickenButt01.jpg
http://i734.photobucket.com/albums/ww344/PanicDog/ChickenButt02.jpg
http://i734.photobucket.com/albums/ww344/PanicDog/ChickenButt03.jpg
http://i734.photobucket.com/albums/ww344/PanicDog/ChickenButt04.jpg
http://i734.photobucket.com/albums/ww344/PanicDog/ChickenButt05.jpg

post #7 of 18

I'm wondering if she might have mites or lice? It looks kinda like eggs (lice/mites)? Maybe I need glasses, lol. smile

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post #8 of 18

seattlefarmette,
Here's a link to info about mites & lice.

I too have a hen that has had poopy vent feathers her entire adult life (3 years). Just this morning I grabbed her and trimmed the feathers around her vent. I do this 1-2 times a year. I think if it isn't parasites, some chickens are just that way.


http://ohioline.osu.edu/vme-fact/0018.html

Imp-The trimming was followed by a sink sanitizing ritual roll

 

 

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If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit,

for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man.

All things are connected.
Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.

 

       ― Chief Seattle

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post #9 of 18
Thread Starter 

Wow, they ARE eggs!  Now that she's all clean & dried off we inspected her vent again and they are definitely white egg clusters - they look like the lice egg pictures.  Our other two hens have them too, but not as badly (and they also don't have any poopy feathers)

We're going to treat them all with lice powder & will let you know how it goes.  Thanks again for all the advice.

post #10 of 18
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Does anybody have any experience with the Poultry Guard dusting powder listed here: http://theholistichorse.com/Poultry.shtml?

We
saw it advertised in Backyard Poultry magazine and are wondering if anyone has used it successfully?

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