Poopy butt on healthy hens


11 Years
Mar 21, 2008
My hens seem perfectly healthy/happy yet they (especially one of them) always have poopy butt. I try to trim their butt feathers when it seems bad, but why does it keep happening? They are free range so I have no control over what they eat. Can I clip their butt feathers? I find it stressful to use the scissors, I am afraid I will cut them.
My hens are fat-happy-healthy and still a couple of them will have skid marks. So I figured that if i didn't wipe my butt it would look the same. And thats that. Hope you figure it out.
Does that hen roost at night, or is she one of those that sits on the litter? Her roosting habits may have an effect on the condition of her bottom.

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