chickens nostrils are full of dirt....to clean or not to clean?????????

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by lorain's fids, Feb 9, 2012.

  1. lorain's fids

    lorain's fids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 5 girls have been very busy digging and scratching in the dirt lately. The other day I noticed on one that her nostrils were full of dirt, I checked the remaing 4 and sure enough all of them had dirt in their nose. Yesterday I tried cleaning them, unsucessfully. What I had done was got a cup of warm water and lots of q-tips so I wouldn't be double dipping the dirty q-tip back in the water, then I swabed the outside of the nostril, the q-tips was filthy but there was still dirt inside. So I am wondering what to use, if anything at all.
     
  2. Smiles-N-Sunshine

    Smiles-N-Sunshine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I recommend leaving them alone. Pecking and dust bathing are natural chicken behaviors, and chickens know a lot about how to be a chicken.

    We have a very dry, dusty climate here, and have never had a problem with our dusty-nosed chickens. Shoving a Q-Tip into birds' nostrils is asking for trouble, in my opinion.
     
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  3. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    For some reason my BO ends up with dirt caked nostrils pretty frequently. Have rarely noticed it with the other girls. It drives me crazy when I see it, because it looks like she wouldn't be able to breathe. So I just try to avoid looking at it...lol. Typically they're clear within the next day or so. [​IMG]
     
  4. chickrunfun

    chickrunfun Chillin' With My Peeps

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    trying not to look at their nostrils seems the best. Our Jeanie is close to being renamed pigpen because she's always dirty, right down to her nostrils. Doesn't seem to bother her so I do my best to just not look at her nostrils.

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    I mean...just LOOK at that! They're practically black!
     
  5. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Overrun With Chickens

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    Ok, glad to know I'm not the only one bothered with dirty nostrils :hmm This maybe an older thread but glad I checked. It's so tempting to try & clean with Q Tips yet didn't think I should :he So I'll try not let it bother me so much....:confused:
     
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