Chickens have messy this a sign of worms?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by weesy68, Sep 1, 2011.

  1. weesy68

    weesy68 Songster

    May 3, 2009
    Stratford CT
    Several but not all of my hens have messy butts, they have dry poop encrusted beneath their vents. Is this a sign of worms? They are eating normally, not losing weight and not lethargic.
  2. gallusdomesticus

    gallusdomesticus Songster

    Nov 14, 2008
    Lynn Haven, FL
    Some chickens just tend to have more messy rears than others. Dried poop on their feathers is not a primary symptom of worms. If it stays there too long, they can lose some of their feathers under their vent due to fecal scald.....dried poop. If it gets too bad, I put the chicken in a bucket of warm water and gently pull the stuff off of them.
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Glen St Mary, Florida
    Scissors can be used to trim down the fluff and feathers as well as cutting off the dried poop. Check for lice/mites/maggots.
  4. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    While I would not say it is a symptom of worms, it often IS a symptom of lice. Lice eggs are laid to the feathers under the vent, are somewhat sticky, and poop adheres to them, then morelice eggs, more poop and pretty soon it is a huge mess.

    Wash off, and if you find anything gritty looking or feeling, it is almost certainly lice eggs, meaning you need to treat the bird and all its coop-mates for lice.

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