Never in a million years did I think I would clean a chicken’s butt. Oh, the things we do.
For the last few weeks, Dolly’s bum has been looking kinda nasty but today it really looked bad. After consulting the folks at Backyard Chickens, I reluctantly sumbitted to the fact that I was going to have to get down and dirty and up close and personal with Dolly’s bum.
It was way more traumatizing for me than for her, I can tell you that.
Before I started, her behind looked like this (super duper nasty!).
So I gathered my tools — dish soap, hot water, a bucket, rags, and of course, gloves.
After chasing her around the yard, I got her to hold still long enough for me to clean her up. It wasn’t pretty. And Cluck, her trusty companion, squawked to high heaven. She wanted to make sure I wasn’t hurting Dolly.
After all was said and done, I was glad to see there wasn’t any big injuries under there. She’s all cleaned up, her feathers are still wet, and she’s feeling vulnerable.
She’s already looking back to normal – here with Cluck her protector in the background.
She’s back to feasting on little treats. Phew! I don’t want to do that again. Yuck!