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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 4:16 pm 
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I'm having a crisis :confused:

I just discovered that my Susex Light that is sitting on a dozen Wyandotte eggs has a horrible dirty bottom.
It looks like she has done a nasty broody poo and it has soiled all her feathers.
It has only happened today because I noticed the horrible smell not long before I found the problem.

As a consequence the eggs are soiled too.
I don't know what to do.

Hubby not home til after 7pm and he is usually the person who holds the birds while I tend to any hygiene problems.
Is the problem urgent?
I could get my daughter to attempt to chicken wrangle if it is urgent.

Will the eggs still be viable?
Do they need any sort of wiping down?
I know not to wet them.

Any help greatly appreciated.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 4:29 pm 
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Well, I have never had this happen to a broody but if I were you I'd wipe off the eggs (you can wash them...just use water that is a tad warmer than the eggs, otherwise the contents will contract and suck stuff in through the pores). I'd also wash the broody's bottom. I wash my chooks in the hand basin (fill with warm water to bum height then wash....use gloves in this case!!) or I stand them in the bath and wash their butts with the hand held shower (when I was renovating the bathroom recently I got a hand held shower as well as a fixed one because Winglet advised me that it was great for washing chickens....and it is!!). This method would be best if you can do it as you will avoid wetting too many other feathers, plus the chook will not be sitting in a basin of dirty water. Towel dry the broody then blow dry on 'warm' if you think she will tolerate it. Pop her back.

There is a risk of her quitting the nest but the risk of the eggs going bad is the one that would be most on my mind. Plus you do not want the broody to become fly blown. Do you have an incubator that you could put on standby?

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 4:51 pm 
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70%cocoa wrote:
Plus you do not want the broody to become fly blown.

Whoops. I think it might be nearly too late.
I just went out with 12yo daughter chicken wrangling and trimmed off all the dirty feathers.
I saw my first ever maggot on a chook :oops:.
I tried to kill it but lost it in the feathers

:oops: I am mortified :oops:.

We trimmed all the mucky feathers but the shafts are still dirty.
I popped her straight on the dust bath but she didn't use it.

It is 5pm here.
Is it too late in the day to wash her?

She has loose stools which explains the origin of the problem.
I suspect she will abandon the nest after this ordeal which is fine by me.

No incubator but that is ok.
I'd prefer losing the chicks to having a sick bird.

So two questions:

What to do about the maggot?
Do I need to bath her?

My poor daughter is decontaminating in the shower :bolt:

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 5:00 pm 
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I would wash her for sure, even though it is 5pm. A blow dry will fix her up. Trimming the feathers was a good move.

After she is dried off a bit I'd spray her with an insecticide - like pyrethrum. Even fly spray at a pinch....

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 5:06 pm 
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What soap?

I am panicking!

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 5:20 pm 
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I've washed mine in a mild diswashing detergent

also have used dog shampoo as well :)


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 5:21 pm 
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Mum's using dish washing detergent. Anything else?

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 5:32 pm 
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Ok, bird is out of bath and in a towel. Just taking a break to check there is no more advice.
Will start with the blow dryer in a minute.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 5:34 pm 
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:hiya:

did you put her into a second bath of plain water?

generally you wash in bucket 1 (detergent)

Rinse in bucket 2 (plain water only)

towel dry or blow dry

trim feathers -


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 6:06 pm 
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I trimmed first but everything else was done correctly. She is fluffed up and back in the yard. I took a photo of her bottom. There is something yucky going on. My computer just crashed so can't upload it yet. I'm worried the maggot has been eating her. Anyone know what that looks like?

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 6:46 pm 
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Ok, have now read all the flystrike threads. Have applied Betadine. She is all dry and fluffy now with a bright red bottom from the Betadine. Will see what happens in the morning. Thankyou so much to everyone for all your help. Greatly appreciated.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 7:13 pm 
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Three hours later she is back on 10/12 of the eggs.
Two were too filthy to put back in.
Hopefully some will still hatch.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 7:33 pm 
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I'm too late to this thread to help... but for the next time you wash any chooks, I use wool wash, as that's what some exhibitors use. :thumbs:

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