Cochin dirty rumps....

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by LindsaySinai, Mar 8, 2012.

  1. LindsaySinai

    LindsaySinai Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My cochins rumps are covered in poop. I'm guessing it's because they haven't learned to roost yet. How can I clean them off?
     
  2. BackSwampGirl

    BackSwampGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Take a warm cloth and wipe them very well.And you may have to do this more often so they won`t stop up.I t sometimes will cause them to die if not cleaned good.How old are they?
     
  3. LindsaySinai

    LindsaySinai Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They're 7 months. Can I gently hose it off??
     
  4. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    Cochins have soft feathers, not hard feathers like most chickens. Therefore they become easily matted and dirty, especially the vent area and feet.

    It's very easy to give them needed "tune-ups."

    Fill a small rubber wash basin with warm water with half a cap-full of children's liquid bubble bath. I use the sensitive skin/no tears formula.

    Back your Cochin up to the edge of the tub, keeping the chicken's head under your arm. With your free hand, splash warm sudsy water onto the crusty rump until the crud softens, then take a tooth brush or wash cloth and gently stroke the feathers in a downward motion, careful not to irritate the skin, until all soil is removed.

    For the feet, retain the same position, lifting one foot at a time into the tub. Use your fingers to loosen the soil, then use the brush in the same one-direction motion to remove all foreign particles. Pay attention to fecal matter accumulated in dimples on the bottom of the feet.

    No rinsing necessary. Blot excess moisture with a towel and air dry on nice days, or use a blow dryer.

    My chickens all get tune-ups regularly. No need to wash the entire chicken, though, just the offending parts as outlined above!
     
  5. same thing happened with our orp, the bath didnt work so i left it alone , she some how fixed it, maybe she wasnt roosting..?

    hope your cochins feel cleaner soon
     

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