Poop on feathers...

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Autumn Mama, May 15, 2009.

  1. Autumn Mama

    Autumn Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hoping that this is the right forum to post this question:

    Is there a problem with having poop on the back feathers of older chicks (age six weeks)? Two of my pullets have poop all over their backs. I suspect it is from others pooping over top of them when they were roosting. It has been stuck to the feathers for a few days. I thought she would groom it off, but hasn't and it's kind of sticky and gross! [​IMG] I don't want to handle her. lol.

    I know they are going to be somewhat dirty, lol, but should I clean it off?
     
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  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

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    I would put them in a sink or tub of warm water and soak it off.

    Then I would rearrange my roosts so no one can get pooped on.
     
  3. Autumn Mama

    Autumn Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks ddawn. The roost is a temp roost in the (gulp) brooder they are *still* in. The coop is almost done, and patience is a virtue, right?

    I will wash the chook tomorrow. My DS can help, she and he are good pals! [​IMG]
     
  4. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

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    My chickens were ready to go to a coop before the coop was ready, too....
     
  5. LilbitChicken

    LilbitChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    HUM...yeah......fun mess......just a warm bath, you will need to soak awhile...but it will help![​IMG]
     
  6. Autumn Mama

    Autumn Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's funny, i never imagined that I would be washing my chickens, lol! Lucky birds they are, that I will do that for them! [​IMG]
     

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