Winter 2014 I had a buff orpington with dried poop on her behind. Thought about a bath, but it was way to cold to consider. She took care of it herself with sand baths before warm weather arrived. But in a thread, someone suggested just grab it and pull it off & if a few feathers came too, the that would be ok. At that time, I thought that would be inhumane. But today, I did exactly as suggested to a BO and BR. They really didn't mind it at all. Problem solved, so simple. Really wish I could find the forum and thank whoever said to try it. Searched and could not locate the thread. So, If you were the one who suggested this….then I really do thank you so much.