Dirty behind/ winter woes

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by JakRat, Jan 21, 2011.

  1. JakRat

    JakRat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
    One of my girls has a very dirty back end. Should I give her a bath or will she be fine?

    Also I am so worried about my girls in the winter time. They have a heated upstairs and warm run, but I am worried that they arent happy or something is wrong because they have not gotten many of their feathers back since October. They dont have worms, I looked, so I am unsure whats going on... Also their coop is super stinky, could this be why their feathers arent growing back? I have been giving them protein and what not but still they are missing some of their breast feathers... am I just being paranoid? I love my girls!
  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    A bath couldn't hurt if she is caked in poo, but make sure she is dried off well before putting her back outside. A bath will also give you a chance to see if she has bugs. With continued feather loss I'd think you may have a bug problem. Normally with poopy butts I'd say just let it ride until warmer weather, but with the other things you are mentioning I think you had better do a thorough bug check.

    A super stinky coop means that they probably have a lot of ammonia fumes in their air. That's not good for them. Winter is a tough time to keep animals clean, but it is just as important (if not more so) to keep the air quality good. Do you have enough ventilation? Ventilation is possibly more important than keeping the birds' coop heated.

    Regardless, if the birds have bugs then the coop is going to need a thorough cleaning, so the problem will be solved, hopefully.
  3. MarieNC

    MarieNC Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 10, 2010
    I had to bring one of my girls in the other day and clean up her poopy butt. It happens!
  4. chicks4kids

    chicks4kids Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
    Northern Indiana
    I brought one of mine in the other morning and washed her bum...she liked sitting in the warmth of the house until she dried off...the kids spoiled her!
  5. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    You can also take some scissors and trim her rear end feathers. I have a couple extra poofy butts that I have to do that to. (Barred rock and Marans)

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