BackYard Chickens › BYC Forum › Raising BackYard Chickens › Managing Your Flock › How to clean a chicken bottom?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

How to clean a chicken bottom?

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

One of my hens has a build up of droppings on her bottom feathers. What is the best way to remove this?  Sorry, just a newcomer...

4 Barred Rock, 13 Ameraucana,1 Rhode Island Red, 2 Leghorns, 2 New Hampshire Red, 1 Maran and 3 Runner Ducks!

 

Reply

4 Barred Rock, 13 Ameraucana,1 Rhode Island Red, 2 Leghorns, 2 New Hampshire Red, 1 Maran and 3 Runner Ducks!

 

Reply
post #2 of 7

I give them a sitz bath in the sink. Make sure she is all dry before you put her back outside. Most of them actually seem to like the blow dryer on low hu so if you're in a hurry that's a good option. Does she have something else going on that is making her have loose stools? Sometimes it happens just 'cause their butts are so fuzzy, if that's the case I'd do a quick trim after the bath.

post #3 of 7

Good advice given.  Good luck.  thumbsup

TIME is the best thing to spend on a child!
Always calibrate your hygrometer before you incubate!!

Home to Black East Indies, Mandarins, Speckled Sussex, Barred Rock, Golden Buffs, Welsummers, Ameraucanas, Black Australorp, Silver Laced Wyandotte, Two Weimaraners, Two beautiful daughters and a great DH who builds whatever I need!

Reply

TIME is the best thing to spend on a child!
Always calibrate your hygrometer before you incubate!!

Home to Black East Indies, Mandarins, Speckled Sussex, Barred Rock, Golden Buffs, Welsummers, Ameraucanas, Black Australorp, Silver Laced Wyandotte, Two Weimaraners, Two beautiful daughters and a great DH who builds whatever I need!

Reply
post #4 of 7

I have a hen that had a leg injury from falling ro jumping (not sure which) that got a little messy when she didn't move around too much.  I put about 5 inches of warm water in a plastic tub with some epsom salt in it and just let her soak then massaged her abdomen and worked the 'build up' loose.  She absolutely loved it!  Just make sure she gets good and dry so she doesn't get chilled.

Well Behaved Women Rarely Make History

Go to my page to see how I tame chicks
Reply
Well Behaved Women Rarely Make History

Go to my page to see how I tame chicks
Reply
post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 

OK thanks for the advice. Are there reasons her stools could be runny that I should be concerned about? The other 3 hens have clean bottoms.

4 Barred Rock, 13 Ameraucana,1 Rhode Island Red, 2 Leghorns, 2 New Hampshire Red, 1 Maran and 3 Runner Ducks!

 

Reply

4 Barred Rock, 13 Ameraucana,1 Rhode Island Red, 2 Leghorns, 2 New Hampshire Red, 1 Maran and 3 Runner Ducks!

 

Reply
post #6 of 7
Quote:
Originally Posted by ChickenJill 

OK thanks for the advice. Are there reasons her stools could be runny that I should be concerned about? The other 3 hens have clean bottoms.


It can be lots of things, some "normal" some not. Check out the link below and see if anything looks familiar.

http://chat.allotment.org.uk/index.php?topic=17568.0

post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 

THANK YOU! Everything looks good. Time for the bath...
I really appreciate knowing all of you knowledgeable people are out there willing to help!

4 Barred Rock, 13 Ameraucana,1 Rhode Island Red, 2 Leghorns, 2 New Hampshire Red, 1 Maran and 3 Runner Ducks!

 

Reply

4 Barred Rock, 13 Ameraucana,1 Rhode Island Red, 2 Leghorns, 2 New Hampshire Red, 1 Maran and 3 Runner Ducks!

 

Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Managing Your Flock
BackYard Chickens › BYC Forum › Raising BackYard Chickens › Managing Your Flock › How to clean a chicken bottom?