Ok, so this is going to sound weird when I explain it, but I am concerned. Blondie (Americauna) has a saggy butt. Seriously, it looks like her fluffy butt feathers are hanging down an inch or so lower than where they should be. I picked her up and checked her out, and her vent looks fine, not prolapsed, albeit slightly pinkish and irritated. But what it DOES look like is that she sat in a pile of poop which is now weighing down her feathers.
I tried to clean off the poop with a warm rag, and I was not successful. I got the poop off the skin around her vent, but I can't get the poop off her feathers. I thought about giving her a warm bath (yes, I have "bathed" a chicken before, but in the sense that she was egg bound, not that she was dirty and needed a scrub down) but decided against it because it is, well, flippin cold out!
It is supposed to warm up and rain a ton this week, so I am thinking I should just wait it out and let the rain take care of the poo. I also changed the light in the coop so that it goes on at 7 instead of 5, giving their little systems a break. And we are NOT hurting for eggs, so I really don't care if it slows down. And the other hens don't seem at all interested at pecking at Blondie, so that is a very good thing. All her health signs are good - red perky comb, keeps an appetite, runs around with the other hens - so I am not too horribly worried, but she just looks so weird with that saggy butt!!!
Update since early this morning - She laid an egg at about 10 am, so at least I know she isn't egg bound