Poor Puff. Or Fluff. I still can't tell them apart. She had been going about with a dirty bottom for a couple of days and I hadn't cleaned her up. But her bottom did look quite dirty. So I picked her up, wrapped her in an old towel, put on some gloves and took her inside to the laundry trough. And then I upended her to inspect the damage. Pooey! I wonder if this is common with silkies? I'd heard about a condition called pasty butt in young chicks but didn't think this affected older chickens. I did once own a chinchilla cat (are you seeing a pattern here with me and fluffy pets?) and she did sometimes need her rear end fluff trimmed. Mind you she used to sleep on my bed so you'd be wanting to keep her rear free in case any nasties were left on your pillow. Anyway, Fluff/Puff's bott was not a pretty sight. But luckily I'm quite the pet-bott-cleaning expert and luckily we have a very effective laundry hose. So I set to work cleaning her up and quickly managed to wash away most of the offending matter. But one spot seemed to be taking quite a while. And then I realised that I was directing the hose and swooshing away with my gloved hand on her skin not chook poo. Silkie chickens have black skin. I'd forgotten. Poor Fluff/Puff.
Once the washing torment was over I took her to the bathroom and gave her a blow dry. Which made us all laugh that I was turning the bathroom into a pampering silkie salon. But I didn't want her to catch a chill when she went back outside.
She didn't complain at all about the whole ordeal. In fact she sat still and gave a few little cluck clucks as per usual. But I was feeling a little worried and guilty that I ought to have cleaned her up earlier and that maybe it was a sign of illness or maybe I'd have to make this a regular routine. So I googled about a bit and discovered some disturbing things about humans.
Look! You can buy shoes for your indoor pet chooks so they won't slip about on your polished floor boards. They even supply shoes especially designed for silkies (silkies you know apart from the fluff that sets them apart, have an extra toe).
And lastly, look! Famous people have poor pet silkies that they keep alone, dress up and carry about as accessories!