very large dry poop on my hen's butt, below her vent

funnyfoshay

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She is not sick just very dirty.

It is 40 degrees outside. I have 9 hens, I got them all this past spring. One of my Buff Orpingtons has a nearly fist sized poop stuck on her feathers about 2 inches below her vent. Should I just leave it there?

Should I bring her inside and try to soak her bum to get the giant turd off her in case it promotes more buildup and potential for pasty butt, then dry her off before bringing her back outside? What kind of soap would I use?
 

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She is not sick just very dirty.

It is 40 degrees outside. I have 9 hens, I got them all this past spring. One of my Buff Orpingtons has a nearly fist sized poop stuck on her feathers about 2 inches below her vent. Should I just leave it there?

Should I bring her inside and try to soak her bum to get the giant turd off her in case it promotes more buildup and potential for pasty butt, then dry her off before bringing her back outside? What kind of soap would I use?
I agree, trim it unless you really want to bring her in for a soak.
If you really want to wash her, then try to soak just the hardened ball of poop. A pair of pliers come in handy to crush it, makes it crumble and easier to get out. You don't need to completely give her a bath.
While your at it, look for evidence of lice or mites around the vent.

Some gals that have extra fluffy bums can get a little poop stuck and before you know it it has turned into a large ball. Not that unusual.
 

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