Cause for concern....(please take a look)!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Idranoel, Apr 8, 2009.

  1. Idranoel

    Idranoel Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 5, 2009
    Columbia, SC
    I just got these chickens yesterday and, after noticing several posts about poopy butts, I decided to post these pics. Sex link in the top picture, barred rock in the lower picture.




    1. Is any degree of poopiness expected or acceptable (i.e. not a sign of disease)?

    2. Is this degree of poopiness a sign of a problem?


  2. Kathy1

    Kathy1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    one of my girls gets poopy feathers, kinda looks like your pic, I dont think that is called a poopy butt, I think that is when the vent is covered . But I may be wrong.

    OMG I just analyzed a chickens butt.....[​IMG] [​IMG]
  3. CityChook

    CityChook Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2008
    Minneapolis, MN
    My Coop

    See what happens when you spend too much time around here? I know the feeling...
  4. FarmerDenise

    FarmerDenise Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 21, 2007
    Sonoma County
    Hey, chickens get runny poops too. These look like adult chickens. The poop should come offf soon. Either because the hen cleans it or it comes off in some other way. It really does not look bad.
    When it bothers me to the point of concern with my hens, I wash it off under the faucet and usually that fixes it.
    If it continues to happen you might want to check into it further. Plus, than you can tell, if it was a one time occurence or a chronic condition. A chronic condition needs to be checked out.

    Poopy butt for baby chicks is life threatening, as it can block the opening and stop the poo from coming out. Not a pretty picture.
  5. jenni2142

    jenni2142 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 16, 2008
    South Carolina
    I thought pasty but only referred to baby chicks, just dealt with it myself. If they are still able to poo without it being a problem then they are fine. they should clean themselves when they dust bathe.
  6. Barnyard

    Barnyard Addicted to Quack

    Aug 5, 2007
    Southwest Georgia
    They look pretty normal to me. My cochins have poop stuck to there feather's some too. If it was covering the vent then you may have reason to be concerned.

    Do you have other chickens besides these? If so you need to be sure and quartine these 2 for 30 day's before adding them to your flock.
  7. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    These hens are separated from the others right?

    Just in case.

    They will probably improve on your diet and may be a little stressed by the change, but should be away from your birds for about 30 days until you determine their status, disease/parasite - wise.[​IMG]
  8. Idranoel

    Idranoel Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 5, 2009
    Columbia, SC
    They are not separated and I don't really have a facility in which to quarantine them. All five of my chickens have been living together for pretty much their whole lives, though. I got all five at the same time (48 hours ago!).

  9. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

    Jul 5, 2007
    Sevier County, TN
    I have one cochin cross that gets a butt that looks like the first pic. I trimmed some feathers around and underneath her vent and haven't had any more poopiness back there.
  10. The next thing you need to do is follow this particular bird around until she does a poop. Then take a picture of it and post it on this website for complete and professional and detailed analysis.

    Yes, the poopalogists here on this site will take care of this without question or charge.

    Please try for a close up. If you can smell it, you are close enough.

    And you think I am kidding..........

    Well only kinda...........................

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