Poo around her butt.

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  1. ChickenCrazy8

    ChickenCrazy8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Both of my chickens have lines of poo that is under there vent on there fluffy feathers.
    Is this bad? They are both acting normally. And should I wash there butts? How could I do that?
    Thanks,
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  2. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Depending on how dirty it is.. If it is really caked on there, I would wash it off. Check for mites/lice as well. Apple Cider Vinegar in their water helps prevent this. :)

    Not a big deal usually in older chickens. As long as it is not pasting the vent shut. Usually it's just unsightly and unsanitary. You don't want the poo transferring to your eggs.
     
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  3. ChickenCrazy8

    ChickenCrazy8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Apple cider vinegar helps prevent lice and mites??? How much do you add to there drinking water???
    Do you have it in their water 24/7 365 days a year???
    Thanks!!!!
     
  4. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    It doesn't prevent lice and mites so much as helps their poo not be runny so it sticks in the feathers. Like Aoxa said though, it's not a big deal normally unless it's caked and wet. You'll see that the fluffier the butt, the more they're gonna have that "racing stripe."
     
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  5. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    I should have worded that better. :p It helps prevent caked on poop. Lice and mites can also increase buildup - that's what I meant to say.

    Yes, my cochins are the worst for having poo in their butt fluff. Probably because they have such round touchies. :lau

    I don't do it 24/7 365 - as sometimes I run out, or it's not close enough to me - but for the most part I try to.
     
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  6. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    Hehe yes, my Orps almost all proudly display their stripes. :lau
    The EE's and Leghorn mixes don't have that problem at all, nor does my dark cornish.
     
  7. ChickenCrazy8

    ChickenCrazy8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks sooo much for the info everybody!!!!! I just added Apple cider vinegar to there water :) And am considering cleaning one of my hens stripes.
     
  8. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    Oh and as far as how much, technically it's 1 or 2 TBSP per gallon. But most of us just put a splash or sploosh or sometimes even a glug. So long as they'll still drink it, it's fine. Best to use the kind with the "mother" as is Braggs.
     
  9. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    :thumbsup

    I NEVER measure mine lol. I just make sure the water is coloured a bit - and everyone drinks it no problem. You can not OD on ACV. I like that :)

    Note - Don't ever leave the ACV with the cap off. Bugs are attracted to the pure form (especially fruit flies).

    I use a local brand that is all natural product. http://www.stirlingfruitfarms.ca/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=26
    We don't have Braggs here. Only No-Name in the grocery stores, so I assume this local brand is better than that.

    It costs me $6.50 for a gallon. That gallon will last me a month. I use it in every waterer and in the duck pool (since my chickens love duck flavoured water).
     
  10. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    $6.50 a gallon? I'm moving to Canada! hehe. Braggs is a lot more expensive, try $6.50 a quart. So I make my own but that's another topic.
     

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