How do you clean a poopy butt?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by firechicken, Dec 25, 2007.

  1. firechicken

    firechicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My JG has got poo stuck to her feathers around its vent. It has done that before a little and just came off on its own. Now it is getting worse and I think needs attention.
    So, any poo butt cleaning tips? Or do I just man handle it and get to wiping?
    If ya got any tips or experience with this kinda mess and you think it'll help I will appreciate it.
     
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Is this a chick or an adult bird?
     
  3. firechicken

    firechicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Adult
     
  4. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I've never had a problem with an adult bird...hopefully someone else can tell you how they handled it. I guess I'd probably try trimming the feathers around the vent area.
     
  5. sammi

    sammi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    the vent feathers can be trimmed. just don't cut too short.
    then wipe off the rest with a damp cloth..
    is it stuck to the vent it self?

    please describe the color and consistency of the droppings.

    what all do you feed your chickens?
     
  6. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    I'd give it a bath and see if it happens again. Just soak the birds
    butt in a bucket. No, it won't be happy but it takes a few minutes for
    the water too loosen up the poop.
     
  7. pollysmum

    pollysmum Out Of The Brooder

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    Just cut the soiled feathers away from the bird but leave some of the feather attached don't cut right to the skin.

    Cut away extra feathers to the fall line of the droppings, if she is having wetish droppings then they will become soiled also... this will help to eliminate the soiled feather problem

    Then you should be looking at the bird herself, to see why this is happening to her

    If she has picked up a respiratory infection or cold, or something

    This is why I would not wet her, as it may make the situation with her worse

    What do her droppings look like .. describe them please
     
  8. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2007
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    I think it gets like that if you feed them too many fruits or something. I had a couple get like that and i put them right into the sink and used the spray thingy with warm water to break it down. Then i towel dried their butts and put them back. I was going to keep them in til they dried, but i thought about how they stay out in the rain all day like dummies....so to towel dry them should be fine if you only clean the area that needs it. I would recruit a helper [​IMG]
     
  9. firechicken

    firechicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I haven't noticed any signs of a cold or anything. No runny nose or funny sounds, she is her usual noisy self. Have not observed her pooping recently so I don't know if it different from usual.
    I feed them layer crumbles all the time and will throw out a little scratch in the evening. Sometimes I dig up a chunk of grass for them and sometimes bread.

    I guess after I go see my great grandmother I will clean her up and see if it happens again.
     
  10. firechicken

    firechicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cleaned her up, had to cut some of the feathers and bath it a little with warm water. We will see how it goes.
     

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