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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 2:03 pm 
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Hi all,
had chooks for awhile now but by no means am i knowledgeable on most things, my chooks are all good with the exception of one of them, she has what i call a ''dirty bum'' that is her poo is sticking around her feathers and becoming hard and crusty,also her feathers are going dry and dying off around her bum.
i have been brushing the poo off and trimming her feathers around her bum in the hope that good feathers would again grow , this is not happening.Out of my four girls i get three eggs a day, i dont think this bird is laying though i am not sure it is this one but to be honest that doesnt bother me 3 a day i am happy with.She is other than this ,in good health and shows no sign of being sickly.
Does anyone know of this problem and hopefully how to fix it ? also apart from isolation is there any way you can tell if a bird is not laying ? all of this helps in my knowledge of my girls who i take a great deal of pleasure in ,believe me they are spoilt. I welcome any advice from others


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 Post subject: Re: dirty bum syndrome
PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 2:13 pm 
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Usually the first thing to try would be worming her (and the other chooks). Use a wormer that provides broad coverage of worm types, like Wormout tablets. Worm them again 1 week to 10 days after the first dose. The dose for chooks is 1 tablet per 2 kg of chook.

Isolating this bird is the best way to find out of she's the non-layer. The other option is to spray food dye on their bottoms. Spray the dye on the other three and if you end up with a non-dyed egg you'll know that she is actually laying. You can use a spray bottle, sprayed right in the vent. It won't hurt the chooks or the eggs - you'll just get a bit of colour on the outside of the egg.

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 Post subject: Re: dirty bum syndrome
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Check under her vent for any lice eggs (little grey cocoons attached to the base of the feathers) If these are present the poop will build up around them.


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 Post subject: Re: dirty bum syndrome
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Have the same problem with one of my chooks, washed her bum, but she is laying - the only one.


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