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pasty butt question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by m2wandc, Nov 9, 2009.

  1. m2wandc

    m2wandc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I fully understand the pasty butt issue with new chicks...but what about a hen that is laying eggs each day...I can't tell if she has pasty butt, but it looks like there is some collection of poop near her rear end...

    do hens get pasty butt too? Or do they outgrow that?
     
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    My BR gets poopy feathers below her vent. I just used some scissors to trim her down feathers a bit to keep the poop from sticking to it.
     
  3. m2wandc

    m2wandc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yeah, my buff orpington has pretty poofy feathers on her rear side...so maybe that's what I'll do too...can you trim too short and hurt them???
     
  4. Bantimna

    Bantimna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In some yes but it sounds like yours needs to have her feathers trimmed. At her rear.
     
  5. m2wandc

    m2wandc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm sure that's it...her rear end looks like a giant poofy down pillow (with poop on it) Otherwise looks and acts very healthy...

    ***Can you trim those feathers too short and hurt the birds???***
     
  6. poupoule

    poupoule Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my silkie often has a putty bottom, but I find it very hard to cut the feathers with scissors, so we plucked her (my hubby did!). Twice already!
     
  7. Bantimna

    Bantimna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thats what I ment in some you can trim the feathers too short and it can hurt them. Cut or pluck it low enough not too hurt her.
     
  8. m2wandc

    m2wandc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thats what I ment in some you can trim the feathers too short and it can hurt them. Cut or pluck it low enough not too hurt her.

    being totally new to chickens, I'm not sure what low enough not to hurt her means...low down near her feet...low close to her bum hole? ??? do you have a photo of your chicken after a cut so I can see a visual?
     
  9. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    I just trimmed enough off to get the poop off. I didn't want to get down to the shaft of the feathers. I wouldn't trim around her vent though.
     
  10. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Oh and try doing it by yourself. Picture me holding a chicken between my legs and trimming her rear. [​IMG]
     

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