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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by UKchooks, Jul 18, 2019.

  1. UKchooks

    UKchooks Chirping

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    Hi, one of my hens has droppings on the feathers around her vent. I first noticed it a couple of weeks ago, but she's fine in herself - eating well and very active - though it does look like she may have lost a little weight (she was always the greediest and plumpest of my three girls, but now she looks about the same as the others size-wise, though she's still the greediest!)

    I've found the odd runny dropping when cleaning out, but nothing excessive and I've just put it down to what they've been eating (they get salad leaves, cucumber, apple, peas, sweetcorn and the occasional grape as treats). I have seen her pass normal droppings too.

    The other two girls are fine, vent areas nice and clean.

    Should I be concerned? Do I need to bathe her? (She won't be happy!) Is there anything else I should be doing?

    Many thanks.
     
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  2. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Crossing the Road

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    Picture of her dirty vent area and runny poop would help. The mushy poop you see could be the ceceal poop, which is normal. What breed is she? When I've had Wyandottes or BOs (puffy butt feathers) they'd sometimes have dirty butt feathers.
     
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  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Does she have a fluffier butt than the others?
    Definitely want to clean it off to reduce the chance of fly strike.
    I trim off poopy feathers about 1/2" from skin, much easier and less stinky than bathing them.
     
  4. UKchooks

    UKchooks Chirping

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    Thanks. She's a Warren (hybrid layer), same as the other two - not particularly fluffy. It's the middle of the night here now, but I'll try to bathe/trim her in the morning and also get some photos.
     
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    Not the best pics as she was more interested in trying to peck the phone, but should give a general idea. I'm going to wait until my husband gets home before attempting to clean her up as I think it will be a two-person job!
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    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Will be easier for sure.

    If it's hot there they drink more water and have looser poops as a result.
    But good to get in there and take a look, trimming will be a longer term solution than just bathing them.
     
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    2x the trimming
     
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    Thanks. My husband was very late back today and it's already dark, so it will have to wait till tomorrow morning now.
    Another poop photo:
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