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Poopy Chicken Butts!!!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Chickens rock!mysocks, May 15, 2011.

  1. Chickens rock!mysocks

    Chickens rock!mysocks Out Of The Brooder

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    I have noticed my hens have some poopy-ish butts. It's not so much they can't poop more poop out, or lay a egg, it just looks dirty. Should I try to clean them? If so, how should I? I have heard of people cutting off their poopy butt feathers, but im not sure how and i don't want to hurt them. Help please?
     
  2. BigZ

    BigZ Out Of The Brooder

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    Cutting feathers can cause unwanted blood loss. I would suggest either leaving them alone or get a towel wet with warm water. Hold it over their rears until it is soft enough to wipe away. I have use the towel trick before. It works.
     
  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I have one hen with poopy butt. I either wash it off, or it is easier to trim the fluff around her butt. I have never had any bleeding. I think that might be less of an issue with the butt fluff, rather than the bigger flight feathers. [​IMG]
    It is a good idea to get it off, the ammonia can burn the skin.

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    Last edited: May 15, 2011
  4. GiddyMoon

    GiddyMoon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have read a lot of posts where people trim the fuzz on the back just fine without any problems.
     
  5. 16chickadees

    16chickadees Out Of The Brooder

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    I would just wash them.
     

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