Rub A Dub Dub a Chicken in a Tub

One of the chickens has some bathroom issues. She gets a poop build-up on her back end. Google has not been very helpful, most saying that it is a chick problem and they’ll grow out of it. She hasn’t. One suggested a possible yeast infection. It is pretty much diarrhea that gets stuck in her feathers but doesn’t block her vent.

Following a mashup of Internet wisdom, the chicken got a spa day. She was cooperative but not pleased about having her butt stuck in a nice Epsom salt bath. I tried to explain that this is a luxury but she was not convinced.

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After the bath, I made a chicken burito which in fact one day may be her fate (these are meat birds). By this point, she was pretty much game for whatever I had in store for her. Chickens are so much more chill than ducks are.

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Since hanging out in a towel in the laundry room was going to take all evening and we both had other things we’d like to do, I turned to blow-drying my chicken. This was, in fact, her second favorite part of the whole ordeal, she even started preening for me.

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She got some iodine on her backend before I stopped harassing her and allowed to go forge with her feathered friends (her favorite part). Hopefully, this works, and she won’t need a weekly bath though it wasn’t as bad as I feared.

Any other chicken folks have this problem? Any suggestions or tips on how to deal with this beyond Epsom salt baths and iodine on the rear?

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14 thoughts on “Rub A Dub Dub a Chicken in a Tub

      1. It’s a good rule of thumb to always add a bit of vinegar to their water (I use Apple cider)…It’s good for overall health. As for probiotics…you can buy them as a powder that you add to water (so dont use vinegar if you’re using probiotics) and then once her tummy settles you can stop. I’ve never tried giving them yogurt but you totally could – they would probably love it. In this case, you could just treat her with yogurt and see if it settles her gut. Good luck! 🙂

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  1. We had the same problem with one of our chickens. Baths and a touch of antibiotic ointment on the vent and it cleared up after a week or two. Ours wasn’t as into the blow drying as yours seems to be.

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