Poop stuck on butt feathers, what to do?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by The ChickenKing, Sep 23, 2014.

  1. The ChickenKing

    The ChickenKing Songster

    Jun 24, 2014
    I've recently noticed my SLW hen has dried poop stuck on her fluffy bottom feathers. Is this something I should worry about? And what can I do about it? She can poop and lay perfectly fine, I'm just concerned it might turn into something worse. Any help is appreciated.
  2. Twistedfeather

    Twistedfeather Songster

    Feb 23, 2014
    Yes this can become a problem if it builds up enough to a point where nothing can get through. Take that bird wash it with soapy water and gently rub it until it comes off. Happens to my silkie all the time.
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    I have seen this happen....most the time they will preen it off themselves within a few days.

    But(t) haha might be a good idea to examine her and see how bad it is.
    It might just be on the outer feathers, but if it's caked on down to the skin it might be time for a bath. If it's just a dried clump sometimes you can just crunch it with your fingers to get most of it off instead of having to wet the bird enough to dissolve it and sh'ell preen the rest off.
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2014

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: