Dirty Hen Butts

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Travilah, Jan 30, 2012.

  1. Travilah

    Travilah Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 4 Golden Comets, in good health, laying like crazy all winter. However, they are producing some "dirty" eggs as they have poopy butts.

    Can I wash them? I did try to brush/flake off dirty feathers, but I have used idatomaceous earth in thier coops, and it appears that some of that has adhered to feathers too. Does not flake off easily.

    Is this indicative of a problem? Their poops appear normal, they free range, and are in good health over all.

    Chris
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

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    Sometimes hens will have a poopy bottom and there isn't a problem with them. Other times I have noticed that it heralded a worm infestation.

    So, I'd check for worms but also you can wash the bottom of the hens (blow dry if cold outside) and/or cut/pluck feathers so there is nothing for the poo to stick to. I have found that there is usually one hen who needs a bottom washing every few months for some reason.


    I think you were also asking about washing eggs? We wash all our eggs with Egg Washer Pro.
     
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2012
  3. Travilah

    Travilah Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks!!
     

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