bald butts


9 Years
Apr 28, 2010
some corn field in central il.
well, this is not really an "emergency", but i figured this was the place to post this.
i've noticed several of my hens are developing big bald spots on thier butts, below the "vent" area.
i've done a little searching here and have read it could be mites..OR i could have some hens that are pulling out the feathers of the others... "butt biters" i guess you could call them.
the bald areas aren't red or swollen, just bald. out of my 25 hens, i'm guessing maybe 8 or 10 of them have these bald spots.
i recently got rid of one of my 2 roosters, so i'm wondering if maybe that has thrown the pecking order into chaos and the hens are re-adjusting the order. i had never heard of "butt feather pulling" before, but i'm suspicious because the other morning when i was cleaning the poop boards i heard some loud squaking from the other room. i went in there and the girls were all in a tizzy, and there was a little pile of feathers on the ground near one of the feeders. do you think that is what's going on? i would think that if they are getting these bald spots due to mites or something like that, the area would be red and swollen, but that isn't the case. just nice pink bald chicken skin. is the butt feather pulling common? if so, why do they do it?
i must say.... chickens are wierd.
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8 Years
Mar 2, 2011
Western Massachusetts
I wish I could help you with this but my girls don't do the whole butt feather plucking. It might just be the pecking order you mentioned. Or you could have a butt picker. I would keep an eye on the girls with all their butt feathers and see if they are doing it. In the mean time try some blue kote on the area to deter them from pecking anymore feathers out.

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