My wildest bird, a Black Spanish pullet, I bought with another hen of the same breed. This one, didn't have a tail. She's flighty, scared, came from high harassment, I figured it would grow back. The other, looks awesome. They've both put on a lot of weight, have great glossy feathers. But... I still have a "rumpless" pullet. When I was cleaning the coop today, I noticed she had poo on her fluffy butt. She's a pain to catch, but I gave it a go. I've not bothered these birds since I got them, always working calm and quiet around then, bringing treats, in an effort to calm them down. They've improved. So I catch her, and she had dried poo all over her. Today was a very nice day, so now or Spring for a bath. Brought her inside, and she was surprisingly calm. I hold it and talk to her, while husband washes her butt. We get her cleaned up, and I start looking for the issue. Where is her vent? Off to the side! Where is her tail?? She has tail feathers, thick giant things trying to grow. But no "tail bump" like you normally see on a chicken. And the... end of the breast bone? Sticks out farther than anything else. So, she's deformed I think. I didn't see any scarring, so I don't think she was attacked by anything and healed that way. I'm really concerned laying an egg will hurt her. But maybe it won't? It's not too bad, just really odd. I've never seen anything like it. But, there has been some things learned today: - Nothing tames down a chicken faster than a bath and blow dry. She was standing on the bathroom counter while I dried her. No squawking, screaming, or panicking. Her heart rate was normal too, she seemed to enjoy it. - The most time consuming thing in the world is blow drying a chicken. I gave up and put her in a cage, and into the cool side of the brooder box. She preened for 2 hours and I finished the blow dry. - It's very noisy when you remove the friend to a another pullet. She would NOT shut up! Threw the whole coop into a tizzy. She's all cleaned up, and I trimmed what feathers I could as a preventive measure. The really thick tail feathers I knew would bleed if I cut them, and they're right where the vent is. She may have to be a house bird this winter so I can bathe her without shocking her system. But she was gross. Like REALLY gross. I wish I would have looked at her rumpless butt sooner. Has anyone else encountered anything like this before? How are "rumpless" fowl put together? Do they have these issues with poo catching on feathers on the way down? She acts normal. Eats, drinks, bickers with her friend, stands up for herself, flies, runs, all that. Nothing is an issue for her. But laying an egg.... that I don't know about. Don't know how long before that time will come, the breed is a late bloomer. I think they're about 5 months old now, I've had them for 2 months. She trusts me now though, doesn't run to the far side of the wall and pace like I'm the boogy man coming for her.