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Hen has bare butt-no feathers.

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One of my hens that I bought already laying, has a totally bare butt!  It looks a little red, not much.  I am so new to chickens.  Is there a great book that makes doctoring simple to understand?  BTW my hens are not tame.  Catching one is a real challenge.

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Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens

I think this is the go to book for basic chicken information

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Barnevelders,Welsummers,Lavender Ameraucana,Bantam SilverDuckWing Wellsummers,Tomaru,Cream Legbar, BlueSlate Turkeys Midget Whites and Indian Runner Ducks. A husband well aware he is out numbered. NPIP Certified #WV 122   !

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If you post a picture on here someone may be able to look at her and help you out.

A wonderful DH who puts up with my addiction, 2 beautiful children, 1 labrador retriever, And 40 standard chickens of various ages   


People who count their chickens before they are hatched, act very wisely, because chickens run about so absurdly that it is impossible to count them accurately Oscar Wilde
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A wonderful DH who puts up with my addiction, 2 beautiful children, 1 labrador retriever, And 40 standard chickens of various ages   


People who count their chickens before they are hatched, act very wisely, because chickens run about so absurdly that it is impossible to count them accurately Oscar Wilde
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Make sure she doesn't have mites.
  I have a 5 year old hen that's had a bare butt for about 4 years.  I don't think feathers will ever grow there.  She's low man on the totem pole and once a hen starts getting pecked in a certain area, it just keeps going on and on.  You might try rubbing her behind with Vick's Vapo Rub.  That keeps other chickens away........but you have to keep it up until feathers grow back.  Good luck.

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I have a Barred Rock who's butt is just like that.  She always had the worst poopy butt, and I thought she pulled out the feathers - trying to get the poop off.  I'm hoping they'll grow back in after she molts.?  Not sure.


Edited by wannahavehens - 6/28/09 at 9:32am
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I will try to get a photo up.  Her butt is not messy at all.

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I also have a hen who just developed a featherless butt. It's kind of messy too. I've been sponge bathing her rear. Also she stopped laying couple months ago. There's no mites or any sign of bugs on her and the other ladies seem to be fine. The bald butt one eats and drinks normally too. Does anyone know how to remedy her loss of plumage and maybe a way to get her laying again?

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