One of my hens is consistantly laying poopy eggs...need advice, please

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by EllyMae, Oct 9, 2008.

  1. EllyMae

    EllyMae Songster

    I noticed that her bottom is kinda dirty and I am wondering why her poo is sticking to her like that. She can still poop, it's not like it is pasting up, it's just dirty. Does this sound like an illness? OH, and her poop even looks normal...I'm pulling my hair out![​IMG]
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap

    Will she let you clean her? I would start with that. Fortunately I have never had a poopy egg...
  3. eggchel

    eggchel Crowing

    Dec 26, 2006
    Both Coasts
    You could try some cornstarch or baby powder on her bum feathers to keep the poo from sticking. That's what I use on show birds after their baths to keep the tail end clean.

  4. EllyMae

    EllyMae Songster

    Thanks for the input. I just can't figure this out. I'm afraid to eat her eggs because of this. UGH
  5. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress

    Sep 6, 2007
    Corydon, Indiana
    I would trim the dirty feathers.
  6. rebecca10782

    rebecca10782 Songster

    Apr 24, 2008
    Trim all the feathers around her bum. That's what i do with my dogs. And if they get messy, you can just wipe them and there clean.
  7. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I would clean her bum first and if I still got poopy eggs I would trim the feathers on her bum and make sure no one is sleeping in the boxes. The eggs are edible, just wash them first. If you want sanitary, Wash in 1 TBS bleach to 1 gal of water then rince. I had one once that had a little poopy bottom. I cleaned her but she still had some poopy so I trimmed her bum and cleaned her up. The feathers grew back out and now if you look at her you can't tell who I trimmed and who I didn't. [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2008
  8. chickenlady

    chickenlady Songster

    Aug 28, 2007
    Stillwater, NJ
    No reason to trim those feathers, clean them up and look for mites/lice. Trimming will not solve the problem. Usually a bird that has mites/lice will poop all over themselves like that. Check real close in the daylight and again at night by using a flashlight. Some mites only feed at night. They are very fast so look all over the vent area and tail area. Check several different spots. Also make sure to look at the feather shafts to see if anything looks 'caked' on them. This would be eggs from mites.
  9. joebryant

    joebryant Crowing

    Quote:Thanks, Chicken lady, that's good to know if I ever need it.

    I'd also fill a large pan with warm water and give that hen a good bath, dry her with a towel, and finish off with a hair drier. That's what we ddi with our silkie when we first got her.
  10. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    Quote:Your dogs have feathers on their bums??? [​IMG]
    Sorry couldn't resist [​IMG]

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