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Pooey bum with very sore skin, but no diarrhoea?

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Hi everyone 

We caught all the girls and gave them a check over and wing clip today. 

We could see one of the girls (ex battery unknown age) had a dirty bum for the last couple of weeks but thought it was just a normal bit of stubborn poop. 

When we flipped her to clean her, each individual feather was caked to the skin with poop and the skin under her vent and on the bottom of her belly is red raw. There are no areas of ulceration and not infected. Just looks sore. 

Her vent itself is normal. I thought it might be a vent gleet, but the actual cloaca is fine and looks healthy. No abnormal discharge. To add to our confusion we haven’t seen any abnormal poops around  and have seen her now produce 2 entirely normal looking ones. 

We have gently clipped away the claggy feathers (mega yuck!) and will soak her bum in warm water tomorrow when weather looks better. Bit chilly today! She seems entirely normal. One of the more confident hens and seemed totally unbothered by us sorting out her nether-regions. 

These poor birds weren’t very well feathered when we got them last year and now they’ve had their first full year with us they are dramatically more fluffy. Is it possible for this to be ‘normal’ and just something we need to now keep on top of; or are we missing something? 🧐


I should add they are due worming now, but are not ‘overdue’. 

Would welcome any advice or thoughts! Thanks! :) 

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That’s a really good point we hadn’t thought of. Thank you! They hate perching in our current coop, but we have a new one coming next week. So hopefully this problem will be short lived. 

Yes everyone has a clean bum after today’s grooming session. :) Just one lady has a sore one! And very guilty chicken parents once we realised the extent of the problem :( 


Thanks so much 

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