Poopy butt on healthy hens

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Charlene, Sep 16, 2008.

  1. Charlene

    Charlene Songster

    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.
  2. TexasChickenLady

    TexasChickenLady In the Brooder

    Jul 24, 2008
    Pampa, Texas
    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.[​IMG]
  3. Beekissed

    Beekissed Free Ranging

    When my old leghorn is laying, her butt is a total mess! Looks awful but my granny always said this was one sign of a good layer...messy butt! [​IMG]
  4. Jenski

    Jenski Songster

    Jun 17, 2008
    Middle Tennessee
    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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