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Injury to the bum

post #1 of 6
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My 9mo silver laced Wyandotte has a mysterious wound on her bum. It was bleeding when I found her. It's about 2" below her vent. I soaked her, neosporined it (w/o pain reliever), isolated her to a warm and dark space. She's eating, drinking and pooping fine. Not tired. She stays with 5 other girls and they've all seemed fine. No breeches in the coop/run. What could this injury be from?
post #2 of 6

Looks like feather picking.

Is she on the bottom of the pecking order?

What type of feed do you use, what treats do you give?

Have you check her over for mites/lice?

How big is your coop/run?

How many chickens do you have?

Where are located, state/country what are your temperatures and weather conditions?

Keep her isolated so that will heal for a day or two, the others will pick at the red.

post #3 of 6
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We use an all natural layer feed; seed, worms, and veggie scraps for treats; she wasn't at the bottom of the pecking order last time I checked, but not at the top; no lice or mites when I checked; we have 5 girls in a 4x4 coup attached to a 4x12 run with things to jump on or dig into plus we give them free time in the yard; we have another run/coop with 6 12week old pullets but they aren't near one another and the birds aren't allowed to mingle. We are in lower Michigan and temps have been teens at night, 20s/30s during the day. I'm afraid we may have a bully on our hands. I suspect our RIR is picking on others. My husband watched pull another girl off the roost just to take her place.
post #4 of 6

If found a couple of articles for you about different reasons for feather picking.

Some of the main reasons that might apply for you could be, depending on how may extras they get-they may need a higher protein ration or less treats, you have a bully-space is a bit small - roosting is at a premium - winter months everyone seems to get on each others nerves more, so adequate room to get away from each other can help. You may have to separate RIR for a couple of days, then put her back in the flock (hopefully will lower her status). Sometimes you may have to repeat. 

 

For you  SLW care, it's great you notice this, it could have gotten really ugly. It should start to heal fairly quickly, keep an eye out for infection (I know you are :)).

 

http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2013/03/chicken-feather-loss-cannibalism-causes.html

 

http://www.tillysnest.com/2012/12/reasons-for-missing-feathers-in-html/

post #5 of 6
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thanks for the suggestions and the websites. I tried a few ideas and it seems to be working. A few more girls were found with the same symptoms, just much more mild. After washing them and putting a good coat of Vaseline on em, they seemed to have lost interest in each other's fluffy hind quarters. I also put in some boredom busters. Keeping a watch, but hopefully this'll work. Thanks again for the suggestions.
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Originally Posted by a2farmer View Post

thanks for the suggestions and the websites. I tried a few ideas and it seems to be working. A few more girls were found with the same symptoms, just much more mild. After washing them and putting a good coat of Vaseline on em, they seemed to have lost interest in each other's fluffy hind quarters. I also put in some boredom busters. Keeping a watch, but hopefully this'll work. Thanks again for the suggestions.


Glad it seems to be working!

I'll have to remember vaseline.

 

Thanks for the update.

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