A couple of evenings ago there were a couple of runny, very black, splats on the patio. I wasn’t sure who they were coming from.
There have been black slpats in the chicken shed overnight and in the run over the last few days.
Yesterday I saw that Barley had a very mucky bottom. She was the obviously the culprit. Her feathers were streaked in black poop and she was constantly pecking at it. It was obviously really annoying her.
In the past Peaches has had a mucky bottom and I managed to pick her up and clean her. I decided to do the same with Barley but she cottoned on that I was trying to pick her up and she wasn’t having any of that.
Peaches and Barley are the most speedy and the most difficult to pick up of all my girls.
I decided to leave it until bedtime. Once she was on the perch she was easy to pick up. Once I had picked her up she was as good as gold and didn’t move at all while I dealt with the problem. I sponged her with warm water with a little washing up liquid added. Once I had all the poop out I dried her feathers with a soft cloth. I dried her as thoroughly as I could and popped her back on her perch.
This is how she looked in the morning.
That has got to feel better.
I googled black, sloppy, chicken poop and the results said that if the hen looks fine and well and is eating then it’s nothing to worry about and could be due to something she has eaten. I had given melon as the lunch time treat for a few days so have decided to lay off of the melon for a while.
It is good to see her with a fluffy bottom once more. If only all problems were so easy to resolve.