Silkie butts...a yucky mess?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by smiley, Nov 24, 2010.

  1. smiley

    smiley Songster

    Jun 25, 2007
    Ok. I started similar thread for Cochins and got such wonderful responses! I am definitely adding cochins to my order this spring!!

    But, just to confirm, do silkie butts get messy? Our birds will be free ranging 24/7 in grass in New England. I have been told that their butts get really yucky but before I take them off my list I thought I would ask here. There are a lot of very knowledgeable people on the forum that have owned this breed.

    I just want to confirm before I cross them off my list permanently...........

    I REALLY wanted a silkie but we need low maintenance birds and I don't want to be constantly bathing butts. However, it seems they have great dispositions for kids which would be a plus. But, not enough of a plus to make me want to clean some chicken butts!

    Thank you for any input!

  2. acid_chipmunk

    acid_chipmunk Polish Silkies d'Uccles O my!

    Mar 29, 2010
    Nasty butt comes more from what they eat than what breed they are. I have about 40 Silkies and non of them have messy butt and I've never had to bathe any of them.
  3. joe17

    joe17 Songster

    Nov 25, 2009
    It depends on the quality. Some are SOO fuzzy that they get poo stuck to their bottoms. If they are from a hatchery, I wouldnt worry....
  4. Smoky73

    Smoky73 Lyon Master

    Feb 8, 2007
    It matters not on the quality, it is strictly on what they eat, or if they are sick or something. I have show quality and they only get a messy butt if they are getting sick, or are sick, mite,lice or parasites. However, they can also get this especially in summer, wehn you tend to have more watery stools due to the heat. It is usually a key sign and the first one, that some thing is not right with the bird.
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2010

  5. smiley

    smiley Songster

    Jun 25, 2007
    Thank you for replies. So, if they are free ranging in pasture all day with a supplement of organic layer pellets will their butts most likely be yucky? Gosh....after reading that back it sounds like such a bizarre question but I really am sincere!

    We are switching over to bantams (I have already decided on barred rocks and cochins) late winter/early spring so I have to have my breed list sorted out!![​IMG]
  6. acid_chipmunk

    acid_chipmunk Polish Silkies d'Uccles O my!

    Mar 29, 2010
    Free ranging and layer pellets shouldn't make them have nasty butts. Mine eat Flock Raiser and free range all day, everyday, with no yucky butts. As the person above you said, it is a sign of oncoming illness or the wrong diet.
  7. muddyhorse

    muddyhorse Songster

    Aug 11, 2009
    Bloomsdale, MO
    just remember if you are free rangeing them to trim the crests. so they can see predators

  8. JenEric Farms

    JenEric Farms GOOGLE GENIUS

    Oct 31, 2007
    Silkie butt, all fluff, no muss:

  9. acid_chipmunk

    acid_chipmunk Polish Silkies d'Uccles O my!

    Mar 29, 2010
    Quote:Nice butt, Jen! [​IMG]

  10. smiley

    smiley Songster

    Jun 25, 2007
    Hmm. I went to a chicken show recently and talked to someone who breeds/shows silkies and she said that their butts are constantly gross due to their fluff. That's why I was going to cross them off my list. Plus, she said they can't see well (due to their head fluffs) to free range without problems.

    So, I assumed, since she was a breeder, that I had correct information......... she never mentioned a feeding issue causing dirty butts just the texture of their, well, fluff..

    However, if their butts really do get dirty I hope someone can tell me so I don't make a mistake.

    I have different information so am trying to process it all!!!

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