messy butt

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by amydzek, May 27, 2013.

  1. amydzek

    amydzek Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 27, 2010
    One of my hens has a messy dirty poopy butt, any suggestions? She is big and fat and healthy other than her butt feathers... No blood in her poo either...
  2. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 29, 2011
    I have a hen who has the same problem every once in a while. I'm not sure what causes it, but I clean her butt feathers off everytime it happens. Take a bucket of warm water, plenty of paper towels, and some scissors. If you can't massage the poop off her feathers with a warm paper towel, you can clip the poop off the feathers. Don't clip the feathers too far back, but enough to get some of the poop off. I prefer to wear gloves while doing this, it can get messy. You will also likely need a person to hold the bird for you too.

    Good luck!
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    You may get a lot of varying answers on this, but I have a few like this in a big flock. They eat the same thing, but more of my ameraucans have it than some other breeds. Others on different threads I read have the same problem. Some will tell you they have worms, but I think it's just a problem some hens have, and I just trim the poo and feathers around their vents and that solves the problem. You can wash them off in a pan of soapy water too. My chickens have been on regular feed and fermented feed for 8 months, now back on dry feed, but it makes no difference. They don't have a big worm load either.

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