Partly-Pasted-up Grown Chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Poppy Putentake, Mar 5, 2017.

  1. Poppy Putentake

    Poppy Putentake Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2015
    Hi all,

    I've got a Barred Rock hen 9 months old that's been laying eggs since age 7 months (2 months ago). Lately I've noticed the eggs from this particular hen have dirty streaks on them. I just took a look at her hind end, and there is a mass of partly dried, partly frozen feces, about the size of an egg, stuck to the feathers just below the vent.

    If it were midsummer, I'd stick the hen in warm water and give her a bath. However, it is still winter here and I'm sure she would freeze to death if I put her outside wet.

    What to do? Pull out the dirty feathers? Bathe her indoors and keep her in the house until she dries off? (I do have a greenhouse that gets warm on sunny afternoons.)
    Wait until a warm spell and hope dust bathing takes care of it?

    The only problem this is causing right now is the minor one of dirty eggs, but could this lead to health problems for the hen? Is there a way to prevent this happening in the future?

  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Chicken Obsessed

    Apr 6, 2014
    Melrose Park Illinois
    A very long time ago I had a hen that did get a wad of feces hanging from the south end. I took a pair of scissors and clipped the feathers that were holding the glob to the skin. Her tush looked kind of bald but the issue was solved. Sometimes this happens when the gumdrops are runny rather than the classic semi dry hard projectiles we like to see.

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