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Chicken Butt!!!!!

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Or, inflamed chicken butt, should I say. One of my Buff Orpingtons has a little case of, er, bummer-itis. We’re keeping a close eye on her and applying Amish-made salve to her behind daily to ease inflammation and tenderness. We’ve also been giving her a dose of antibiotic for four days while keeping her separated from the other chickens. At first, we thought mites, specifically red mites. Nope. Then we thought maybe she had an egg stuck in her (that does in fact happen). Nada. So, we settled on some kind of infection and not some nasty parasite because we administer routine natural anti-parasite concoctions. Any ideas? Oh, and she isn’t hen-pecked. (Now we know where that saying came from!)

  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    How miserable that must be! So, what do you do to fix it? Is it fungal or bacterial? Being a city girl and have never owned a chicken, this is foreign territory to me. Surely the vet has some remedy to offer. Poor girl!

  2. Karin says:

    My hen, Flora, had the same problem once. It was awful because her poop would stick and cause her skin to become raw. I would bathe her (in the kitchen sink. No worries- I cleaned it up with bleach afterward.) with warm salt water daily until it cleared up. It took about a week. She didn’t seem to mind her bath. Sadly, I no longer have Flora or the other girls. 🙁

  3. julie says:

    I have a buff….same thing! Did you ever decide why it is???

  4. ace says:

    Hi Julie,
    Still working out what causes such a bummer of a bum. 🙁

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