Possibly Delicate (and funny) question re: my roo

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by galanie, Sep 28, 2011.

  1. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    Ok I got this big fluffy butted roo, around 9 lb black orpington, 7 months old. His fluffy butt needs a wash. I plan on giving it a trim also. Now for the crazy question...

    Will the stubble be too uncomfortable for the harem? Or will the wash be enough? He's going to have a fit LOL but he really needs to practice better hygiene. I've had to trim hen butts and with one of them, I really need to clip it pretty close. But if I trim him that close... sure seems it would be like mating a cactus. And if I don't, he'll likely just get dirty again, won't he? Or should I just wash him pretty regularly?

    I know I'm laughing here but I'm seriously asking. When I got chickens I never imagined I'd be stressing over bathing one's rear. Or even that I would be bathing chicken rears.

    (I told my friend what I was doing and she says "You know what?" I go, "what?" She says, "Chicken butt!" and nearly hurts herself laughing. I need better friends.)
     
  2. Chick_In_The_Burbs

    Chick_In_The_Burbs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Seriously though, I have no idea. I've never run into this issue but I would LOVE to know the answer. [​IMG]
     
  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    I guess in Houston you aren't worried about them getting cold naked butts.
     
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Just do it!
     
  5. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    Quote:LOL nope, it's 95 again today. I don't think that will be a concern for some time. Our first frost is generally around December 1st or so.
     
  6. spiritdance

    spiritdance Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would think the hen's feathers would protect them from "shaving stubble" ... btw, I just passed coffee through my nose when I read this!
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    who knows hens might prefer it trimmed - ask them
     
  8. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Ewwww. What self-respecting hen would squat for a dirty-butt roo? <*shudders*>

    Bathe him! See if that works, and if not, clip his filthy feathers!

    I have a BR who had real evacuation problems as a chick and grew up without regular tail-feathers. Her butt gets really dirty, too. I've just realized I'm gonna have to bathe her. <*sigh*>
     
  9. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    Ok well gryeyes and I are having a butt wash party. Grabbing the Dawn and out I go. *sigh*

    Chicken wash! Not our own!
     
  10. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Shaving stubble. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] Try plucking some of the feathers around his vent. No need to 'bare butt' him make it a gradual process. This practice is necessary in some heavily feathered breeds/strains that may be unable to make contact otherwise.
     

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