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How to clean a chicken

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

  1. jayn56

    jayn56 New Egg

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    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

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    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. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
    CT
     
  4. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft! Premium Member

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    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

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    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

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    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!
     
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