How to clean a chicken

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by jayn56, Apr 2, 2016.

  1. jayn56

    jayn56 New Egg

    Apr 2, 2016
    Hi guys, one of my chickens seems healthy enough but I noticed today, she has a right poopie bum/ feathers around her bum.
    I've ordered a worm test kit as I've been advised to test instead of just worming as its not terribly nice for them.
    I've read some stuff saying I should soak her bum to get the poo off... I need some advice as to temp/ any products/ methods to employ to make it as unstressful as possible for her.
    Any ideas would be good. TIA
  2. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 29, 2011
    Welcome to BYC, Tia! :woot

    Sorry to hear about the poopy butt situation. It is certainly a great idea to take a fecal test prior to giving the whole flock a dewormer. May I ask where you found your kit? I've never seen them before.

    I had a hen who was prone to poopy butt. Every time it happened to my hen I would do my best to clean her up with warm soapy water (dawn dish soap is what I use). I also trim the feathers too if I cannot clean it all.

    Obviously it's a dirty job, so gloves are a good idea. It's easier to have a helper, too. One person to hold the bird, one person to do the dirty work.

    I'm not sure what causes poopy butt, but if I were you I would do a search on this forum for "vent gleet". I don't know much about it, but it may be something to look into.

    My best to you.
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  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
  4. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to join the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC.
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Some folks say a bit of apple cider vinegar in the water clears it up. Once you get her cleaned up put some Vaseline around her vent. If she is continually having this - you may want to heck out vent gleet, on the search box.
  6. jayn56

    jayn56 New Egg

    Apr 2, 2016
    Cheers guys, my lab tests are booked and waiting for the kit- it's from westgate laboratories and its £9.50 then add £2 for delivery. My chicken friend put me on to them, it says on the website what you get for that money. I guess my day is a poopy one [​IMG] Fingers and feathers crossed this is the end of it for her and I don't need to harass her some more!
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2016

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