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So, I'm new to this site and I'm hoping to find info about an older hen in my flock that seems to have feathers missing around her vent and the others that are the same age do not.  It just looks irritated or inflamed and not sure if I should intervene and treat it, if so, not sure what to do.  Thanks in advance for any input. 

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So, I'm new to this site and I'm hoping to find info about an older hen in my flock that seems to have feathers missing around her vent and the others that are the same age do not.  It just looks irritated or inflamed and not sure if I should intervene and treat it, if so, not sure what to do.  Thanks in advance for any input. 

Add curtains to your nest boxes! Their bottoms are exposed to the other hens at the time they lay and egg.

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So, I'm new to this site and I'm hoping to find info about an older hen in my flock that seems to have feathers missing around her vent and the others that are the same age do not.  It just looks irritated or inflamed and not sure if I should intervene and treat it, if so, not sure what to do.  Thanks in advance for any input. 

Have you checked them over real well for mites and/or lice?

Best done well after dark with a strong flashlight/headlight, easier to 'catch' bird and also to check for the mites that live in structure and only come out at night to feed off roosting birds.

Part the feathers right down to the skin around vent, head/neck and under wings.

Google images of lice/mites and their eggs before the inspection so you'll know what you're looking for.

 

I've had some bare butted girls that had no bugs, some had very red skin that lasted for either just a few days or a few weeks but eventually went away, the feathers grew back after the molt. I don't worry about it too much unless I see bugs that need killing then use a poultry dust with permethrin, feathers still won't grow back until a molt tho.

 

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Add curtains to your nest boxes! Their bottoms are exposed to the other hens at the time they lay and egg.

This makes no sense at all.


Edited by aart - 5/31/16 at 5:08am

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply
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Have you checked them over real well for mites and/or lice?

Best done well after dark with a strong flashlight/headlight, easier to 'catch' bird and also to check for the mites that live in structure and only come out at night to feed off roosting birds.

Part the feathers right down to the skin around vent, head/neck and under wings.

Google images of lice/mites and their eggs before the inspection so you'll know what you're looking for.

 

I've had some bare butted girls that had no bugs, some had very red skin that lasted for either just a few days or a few weeks but eventually went away, the feathers grew back after the molt. I don't worry about it too much unless I see bugs that need killing then use a poultry dust with permethrin, feathers still won't grow back until a molt tho.

 

This makes no sense at all.

It DOES make sense!

My apologize for trying to help!

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