Help!!!! My hen just hatched her chicks but She also soiled herself! Do I need to clean her?

Lori J

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Jun 18, 2017
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My hen hatched her chicks yesterday. When I checked on her today she was sitting halfway in between one nesting box and another and she had pooped and sat in it. I cleaned it up but also noticed that she had very wet feathers on her underside now from the poop and I tried to wipe them off with a paper towel and it didn’t really do much. Is this a concern or is this something that just happens and it will take care of itself? To clean her I would have to dip her bottom and water and then she would be wet - and I’m sure that’s not good for the chicks. It is technically wet now but not nearly as much as if I dipped her in. Any advice?
 

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