I think something is wrong?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chrism, Mar 7, 2016.

  1. chrism

    chrism Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A few of my hens have white feces on their tail feathers.
    I got the most affected bird into a bath of soapy water.
    I feel bad because this has obviously gone unnoticed for too long.
    Her tail feathers were completely packed with feces.
    I soaked her for a good 15 minutes.
    I then scrubbed gently and most of the feathers around the vent were removed.
    Luckily the skin around the vent didn't look broken or sore. Dark pink maybe but not sore looking.
    Please advice on what I should do next?

    I now noticed 3 others with minimal white droppings on the tail feathers.
    The majority of the flock seem just fine.
    Admittedly, I've had some difficulty keeping the water as fresh as should be over the winter.
    Today I reinstalled the auto waterer now that temps are up.
    This first winter with my flock has been a learning experience.
     
  2. RodNTN

    RodNTN Following Jesus

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    How are your chickens acting? Sick and listless? Or normal and healthy?
     
  3. chrism

    chrism Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Acting and eating normally.
    I suspect it could be due to my inability to provide fresh water on a consistent schedule this winter.
    Now that I have that fixed, is there anything else that I can do to speed their recovery?
    I feel so bad that I've neglected my girls.
     
  4. Mtn Laurel

    Mtn Laurel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My girls can get like that if they're sleeping in the nesting boxes and pooping on themselves. Make sure everyone is roosting as that will keep their hind ends cleaner.
     
  5. chrism

    chrism Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you. I'll check on that better.
     

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