how to teach a chicken to wash it's bum

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Xtineart, Oct 17, 2014.

  1. Xtineart

    Xtineart Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2014
    My Gingerbeast has turned out the loveliest most docile friendly hen in the whole world. a million miles from the scared little creature I brought home from the rescue centre not 6 months ago. At first I didn't expect her to last a week she was in such a mess, but she's thrived and she's the fluffiest largest bird I have. BUT she spent her whole early life being picked and pecked in battery conditions, not a feather on her poor lice ridden body, just sores and puny white skin. I layered her with suncream, sudocrem and TCP, Washed and bathed her and helped her to thrive and grow almost all of them back save two bare patches either side of her butt that are covered normally but I know they are still bare and healing. She's been back on forth to the vet and the practice love her to bits as she hops about the desks like a budgie looking for a clap and a cuddle, never flapping or pecking and making the cutest wee chirps of happiness. She's been treated for everything and checked for all possible problems and is completely disease, gleet, cocidiosis, worm, e-coli, campilobacter, mite and parasite free. (she's had stool samples re-checked twice recently and various courses of drugs when I first got her too) The Local kids love her and carry her round everywhere and she never complains so long as she gets a worm at the end of the day. She's my star egger too.

    The one problem I have with her is that she has no concept of personal hygiene, yeah she watched the other birds and learned to some extent and does preen her chest feathers and takes a lie down in the dust bath, but she never cleans her butt. She always has mud on her face and over her comb, mud on her belly and the most hideous stinky claggy dried up poo deposit all stuck in the feathers under her vent. Often she is wet as well. I have to bathe her weekly and try to break off the worst of the clag and rub her with baby nappy rash cream and dry her off in a towel. I think she actually enjoys this though it must hurt and it's getting too cold to let her go outside to dry free range with winter coming in.

    I'm really at a loss as to what to do with her, is it something she might eventually pick up? should I get her feathers clipped off down there or is it just a case of rolling up my sleeves on a Friday and plunging her in the kitchen sink every week?[​IMG]

    The gingerbeast then and now:[​IMG]
  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Use scissors to trim back feathers and fluff on her rear end, that way she'll have a "clear shot" to the ground.
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  3. appps

    appps Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 29, 2012
    Yeah agree, I had a couple do that and the first "miss" would then be in the way and catch the next and so on. I trimmed some of their fluffy butt feathers to remove it and it's not been a problem since.
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  4. Xtineart

    Xtineart Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2014
    thanks I will do, I wasn't sure I should as it's nearly winter and she looks so perfect when she's cleaned and fluffed up. But it definitely sounds like the way to go if it stops her getting wet and sore. Fortunately with her being so docile she should be OK to let me trim her without a fight
  5. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    Wrap her in a towel and trim. She can sit on her bum and stay warm. For more protection, you can get some Show Sheen for horses and spray it on back there. I think that stuff FrizzEaze is good too (for humans)
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