Poopy butt becoming a problem

DownwardDog

Songster
7 Years
Jun 4, 2012
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Seacoast New Hampshire
I have a Speckled Sussex that had dried out poop stuck to her hind end fluffy butt. It was so bad, she was even walking with a limp. I tried soaking but she didn't like that and it was easier to cut it from her feathers. Now she has sort of a baldy butt! Anyway, she went broody soon after. I just broke her of it but noticed she has poopy butt again! If I cut it off of those remaining feathers, she really WILL be bald back there.Is that OK? Am I setting her up for some sort of problem in that area -- she won't regrow feathers until she goes through her first molt this fall, right?

It doesn't look like diarrhea -- just dried poop that never made it past her feathers. One of my Barred Rocks had it too. Is it something they're eating or does this happen to all fluffy butts? Doesn't seem like it would be a problem that would rectify itself if they were in the wild -- unless they would pull out their feathers themselves?

Just concerned that this has happened 3x now to 2 chickens -- could be completely normal but since this is my first flock, I'm just checking:)

Thanks all,
Lenore
 

ChickenCanoe

Crossing the Road
9 Years
Nov 23, 2010
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20,057
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St. Louis, MO
It happens from time to time but not really normal.
It could be roundworms or an infection. If you have a fecal sample tested by a vet you'll find out what the issue is.
Probiotics often help.
 
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