What's a good way to remove crap from a chickens backside?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Poliwag, Apr 20, 2009.

  1. Poliwag

    Poliwag Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a couple of chickens that have this big pile of crap sticking out from their backsides and it isn't easy to remove as it is stuck to their fur and it hurts them when I try to pull it off.

    Anyone know of a safe and easy way to remove it?

    Edit: They are only about a week old.
     
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  2. georgialee

    georgialee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you soak their back ends in some warm water for a minute or two it should come off pretty easily with a moistened paper towel. This is called pasty butt - if you type it in the search engine you'll get tons of info!
     
  3. m2wandc

    m2wandc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Everything I read says it's deadly if not removed....

    and it even says something about a tooth pick to "unplug" the vent/poop hole....

    I'd go for a nice warm sitz bath on the bum quickly...before it's too late...
     
  4. chickenannie

    chickenannie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you could also try trimming a few areas with a scissors, then wash back end in warm water with mild dishwashing liquid and rinse well. you should also make sure to dry the hen with a blowdryer because they can get chilled (even in warm weather) if their feathers are wet.
     
  5. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    After soaking in warm water take a Q tip and dip it in some olive oil or vege oil and rub it on their vent area and that won't happen again. Do that daily. In another week you won't have to worry about that anymore. Good luck!
    ETA...I put my chicks vent area right under running warm water and took a Qtip and just moved it around a bit and it took about 2 min for it to soften up and start falling off. Its very easy to remove and if left on they will die.
     
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  6. Poliwag

    Poliwag Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, I think I got most of it off. They are now all in a box with a light. Is the blowdryer such a good idea for such small chickens?
     
  7. PhlyinPheBee

    PhlyinPheBee Poodles, Chicken, Goats--OH MY!!

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    I had a pasty but silkie last week. I soaked the rear and used a flea comb to get the poo off. Then trimmed the fluff. Put vaseline covering the whole rear area. It really help getting poo off later. Also I did the oatmeal treat (cooked) and it was cleared up in a couple of days. Now she has a naked clean dry butt.

    Good luck.
     
  8. agnes_day

    agnes_day Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i just grab the fuzz that is all stuck together and yank it out really fast..it leaves the area bare and they wont have that problem anymore.
     
  9. m2wandc

    m2wandc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:OUCH! sounds like a band-aid removal...I would run when my mom wanted to take off a band-aid! LOL [​IMG]
     
  10. m2wandc

    m2wandc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Everything I read, says it's better to gently blow dry (low warm setting) but let's see what more experienced folks say... [​IMG]
     

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