I did a late night chicken snatching from the coop. Elwood has a very poopy butt that I wanted to take a closer look at. She won’t let me near her in daylight hence the late night snatching. I kept hoping that the poop would just fall off. Unfortunately, it never did and seemed to be getting a little worse. Sometimes the other chickens will get a little bit of a poopy butt but then it seems to go away. I always attributed that to food related items. Like when they got lots of pumpkins and squash to eat all at once.
I washed off most of Elwood’s clumpy poop problems with warm water and then trimmed the feathers in that area with scissors. I did some looking around online and found that poopy butt problems can be either caused by lice, mites, or your chicken can just be prone to a poop butt.
I found a link that shows a chicken with lice (scroll down the link for the disturbing chicken butt pictures) but I didn’t think that Elwoods problem looked quite like that. Another picture of lice and mites that I found didn’t remind me of Elwood’s problem either. The chicken in first link has the lice clumps right tight to her butt feathers. After working on getting the poop clumps out with water the smaller ones that were left on Elwood were not tight to the base of her feathers.
So, do I have a lice problem or not I’m pondering. I guess that I will keep an eye on Elwood and all the other chickens. I’m hopeful that Elwood is maybe just predisposed to getting a clumpy butt and doesn’t have lice. Make that really, REALLY hopeful.
I took a picture of her in the egg laying box earlier today. She even let me pet her. Probably because she was so freaked out wondering why the nesting box got so bright.