Bald butts on several!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by rhemerick, Aug 14, 2013.

  1. rhemerick

    rhemerick In the Brooder

    Mar 18, 2013
    I'm having feather problems with almost half of my girls (3 out of 8); they have suddenly (within about 2 weeks) lost most of the feathers on the back half of their bottoms, and 1 of those ones is almost completely bald on her stomach as well. They are 6 months old, so I don't think it's possible to be molting already. 1 of the 3 looks like her feathers are maybe starting to grow back (can see the shafts through her skin), but the other 2 look as bald and soft skinned as a baby. It also looks like the worst one has a spot on her abdomen that was gashed and bleeding at one time. I'm concerned this could be a serious problem. In case anyone wonders, we give them organic layer feed as well as oyster shell. Can anyone help? I'm attaching photos.

    Last edited: Aug 14, 2013
  2. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    I guess I would treat for mites. Mine get bald underneath sometimes. Sometimes I think they have a vague memory of broodiness, and pull a few feathers out when they lay an egg. I mean that's what broodies do, but they breed it out of chickens, but I'll bet some behaviors come thru.

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