- Mar 28, 2011
Just wondering since I now have 3 confirmed layers and all 3 have dirty (not super dirty, but not pristine either) butts. My 2 non-laying pullets are clean as a whistle.
No, the egg laying does not cause dirty butts. Worms, too many veggies or berries, wet foods or even ill birds get dirty butts. Keep them wormed and you can offer them some probiotics in their water occasionally for good health. Yogurt is good for the digestion.
How much is too many veggies? I do give them veggies about 5 days a week.
Is there a safe dewormer? The worming medicine at Tractor Supply says not for use with egg laying hens.
I do have them on tetracycline right now since my Dom was sneezing and some clear stuff shot out onto my hand. She already had a little smudge of poop on her butt feathers when I started that (three days ago) while the others didn't have any until today. Could the antibiotics be giving the others dirty butts?
Everyone seems happy and they are eating. My Dom just laid her first egg today that I'm aware of... My one EE's first egg was a rubber shelled thing which someone gobbled up.