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Poo on feathers

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by americana-lover, Mar 10, 2013.

  1. americana-lover

    americana-lover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello! I just noticed my girl has poo on her feathers. This is the 2nd time this has happened, and I dont know what to do about it. I know she does not sleep on the roost with the other 4 hens, even though I have placed her on the roost many times before. Is there any way I can get to to sleep on the roost or remove the poor from her feathers?
    Thx for any replies!
     
  2. TOP KNOT

    TOP KNOT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello, how old is she? She may just "not get it" yet. Make sure the roost rails are higher the the nest boxes. I would give her some yogurt (with live cultures) to fire up her system. She may need a boost if she has a pasty butt. To get the poo out take a damp papertowl or cloth and hold,blot and gently wipe the poo until to softens up and comes out. This may take a few minutes. Be extra sure the girls vent is free of poo blockage this can cause huge problems(death) Hope this helps
     
  3. JanetS

    JanetS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can you put up a second roost for her? The other chickens could be picking on her. What kind of a roost do you have? We use 2 x 4's on the flat side. Our girls love this because it gives them plenty of room.
     

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