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Poop Sticking to Butt Feathers

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mschlimmer, Sep 24, 2012.

  1. mschlimmer

    mschlimmer New Egg

    Sep 24, 2012
    We had 5 hens and about 3 months ago I noticed this chicken that was caked with poop in its feathers around the butt. I tried to wash it off as best as I could but in about a month, this chicken was found dead on its nest. Now today, there is another one and we caught it and tried to wash it but the poop is caked to the feathers all the way down to the skin. So now the whole back end of the chicken is showing and the other chickens are trying to peck her. I shut her up in the house and haven't let her out hoping that things will dry off and not be so bad for her. Does anyone have any ideas about this? The poor chicken, I am concerned that tonight she will be pecked badly. What is causing the poop to stick so badly to the feathers. Is there something we are feeding properly? Using the layer pellets along with scratch. When we lost the first one, we purchased a product called Performance Poultry to put in the water and have been giving that in a separate container during the day.

    Thank you,
  2. Rhoise

    Rhoise Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2012
    Boise, Idaho
    I have a few really fluffy butts that get poo balls forming back there, I take scissors and trim the balls off, and put a small amount of ACV in their water helps firm things up....
  3. mschlimmer

    mschlimmer New Egg

    Sep 24, 2012
    What is ACV. The feathers are caked down to the body. I have still been out here researching and tomorrow will have to look to see if this might be some type of lice. The chicken is black and the caking is black. There seems to be a lot of feathers missing back there. I check her and didn't see any bugs on her but read about using a flashlight. Another idea to try.

    Thank you.
  4. TurtlePowerTrav

    TurtlePowerTrav T.K.'s Farm

    Jul 29, 2012
    Oregon City, OR
    My Coop
    Apple Cider Vinegar. But get some with the "mother" in it, unpasturized and unfiltered. 4-5 tablespoons per gallon of water.
  5. 5th lake chick

    5th lake chick Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 19, 2012
    Northern Wisconsin
    I keep hearing about apple cide vinegar for chickens, what does it do?
  6. TurtlePowerTrav

    TurtlePowerTrav T.K.'s Farm

    Jul 29, 2012
    Oregon City, OR
    My Coop
    Helps regulate their digestive system and helps prevent worms.
  7. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    Also, helps their immune system. You should put one tablespoon to every gallon of water.Use a plastic waterer not metal the metal will corrode. Use organic raw ACV the one with the mother in it & unfiltered. Get Braggs you can buy it at Kroger.Its not a wormer but helps prevent worms keeps the birds insides healthy. Its good for you as well.
  8. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

    Aug 20, 2010
    And, if it's caked so badly as to irritate the skin, soak that girls behind a while and get that stuff off. It might take 30 minutes of soaking so be prepared for this not to be a quick bath. Just soak and work with it. Hopefully you have a tub or something deep enough to put her in for it.
  9. Chickenconcernd

    Chickenconcernd Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 26, 2012
    My chicken was caked a couple of months ago and a scraped it off. It does not like me much, but it is caked again! What do I do to stop it?
  10. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    Some chickens have teflon butts and some have velcro butts. No idea why. I would clip off the dirty feathers and perhaps spray the area with BlueKote if the others are picking at it.

    I find that some of my chickens have runnier poo because when it's hot they drink more.

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