Hello!! I'm a newbie chicken momma in search of advice on how to care for a 7mo old buff Orpington hen. Her tail feather have always curved downward. At first this didn't seem to be an issue and we figured it was some sort of deformation. Eventually though we noticed she was having problems expelling waste "cleanly". Basically her droppings were being trapped under the curve of her tail feathers and then sticking to her down feathers underneath. Surprisingly she was the first one to start to lay and is still the most productive. In warmer months I could go out with a warm washcloth and clean her up and sometimes trim her down feathers. Now that winter is upon us I'm not sure of the safest way to keep her clean and healthy without risking her warmth in these bitterly cold days/nights. I'd be happy to bring her inside for a full bath/ blow dry spa treatment - but could that do more damage once I release her back out into the cold? What is the best way to clean a hen w/o cutting down feathers? And what - if any- long term solutions may be available? I'd greatly appreciate anyone's ideas and feedback!!! Thank you!!!