poppy butts

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Trisarahtops, Feb 13, 2016.

  1. Trisarahtops

    Trisarahtops Just Hatched

    Feb 12, 2016
    Shallotte, NC
    I have had my first group of ladies for about 3 days now. They are about 6 mo old red buffs. They seem to be doing great- laying, eatin, drinking, playing with each other. However they're back ends are strung with poop all in the feathers
    We Bought nutrena good food and haven't given them any treats other than mealwo scratch. The poop on ground looks normal? How often do you guys have to bathe (or clean backsides) of your chickens? Is this normal or could the poop be slightly different since they are adjusting to their new home? Thanks!!
  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich True BYC Addict

    Apr 6, 2014
    Melrose Park Illinois
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    Since you only have these chickens for 3 days, maybe nothing is wrong in the natural sense. Is the poop in large amounts, or is it just streaks? All depending on the type of chicken and the fluffiness of feathers. Some of my chickens do encounter small streaks of soiling, but it is soon cleared up by their own pecking, or dust bath. You can give your girls a warm water bath, and then dry them up. Most chicken gumdrops do exit and do not streak the feathers. Just maintain giving them the food you have, and clean water and see if situation clears up..
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  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    You can take a glove and pull of any dry droppings, and trim any excess feathers. I would bathe their vent areas in warm weather, but not in winter temperatures unless bringing inside to dry overnight. These droppings sometimes get stuck more often in winter, but in summer if not removed, they can get flystrike and maggots which can be deadly. Most of my hens never have this problem, but some always do, so I guess it can be the way they are shaped.
  4. Beth77

    Beth77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2015
    They may have worms. Do you worm them already? If it's not worms, I'd stop giving them the treats to see if that fixes it.

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