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Poop stuck all over back feathers

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mcdaid36, Nov 22, 2008.

  1. mcdaid36

    mcdaid36 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Went down to the coop this morning to check on the chickens, and noticed two of them had poop covering their back end. It reminded me of when they were baby chicks and the poop would always get stuck on them and I'd have to wash it off to keep their vents open. It's pretty much the same thing except the poop is not closing up their vents this time, just making a great big mess. Should I bring them up to the house and try and clean them off? It's below freezing outside right now, so I'm hesitant to get them wet. Also, what could be the cause of this all of the sudden and how can I keep it from happening again?
    -Nancy
     
  2. thecochincoop

    thecochincoop Chillin' With My Peeps

    What breed are they? Cochins are very bad for this as they have very fluffy butts. Does it appear that they are sick or does the poop look normal? I think that it is normal for the fluffy ones to have some poop on them but if it is a lot then you may be looking at a sickness.
     
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    My Barred Rocks are bad for that, for some reason. I call them "poop rocks" because the clumps are just like rocks stuck to the fluff. You just have to do a poopectomy, LOL!
     
  4. mcdaid36

    mcdaid36 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! They are silver laced wyandottes (sp?). They do have very fluffy butts but this has never been a problem before. I can't tell which poop is theirs ... only two have this problem right now, out of 21.
     
  5. Bandana

    Bandana Chillin' With My Peeps

    What are they roosting on? If they are roosting on a large, flat surface, they may be sitting in poo.
     
  6. mcdaid36

    mcdaid36 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They roost on the widest side of a 2 x 4, with the corners rounded off. I don't think they're sitting in anything.
     
  7. Sissy

    Sissy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like they are sitting
    in their poo, bring them into the house have an empty
    large box ready.
    and soak them in the bathroom sink
    one at a time. it will take a half hour. with a wash cloth wipe them up.
    dry them with a hair dryer but on low and at least 4inches away. or you can keep them in the box over
    nite. hope this helps
    this helped when i had an egg bound hen.
     

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