Bald butts on several chickens...help!

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

  1. rhemerick

    rhemerick Out Of The Brooder

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    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.

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    Last edited: Aug 14, 2013
  2. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    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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