"Bang patch" (bare skin) on hen's back ... what to do?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Johntodd, Mar 26, 2018.

  1. Johntodd

    Johntodd Chirping

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    Hi!
    One of my poor hens has been, uhm, romanced way too much. :rolleyes:

    She has completely bare skin over most of her back. Otherwise she seems in good health. She is spry, able to run and fly, and friendly.

    But the molt is over and she won't get new feathers until next winter. So for this year, what can I do to protect that skin that otherwise would be covered with feathers? I'm in west Tennessee, Zone 7b.
    During the summer it'll be 300 degrees with 300% humidity and a 300 UV level. :barnie

    So I guess I'm looking for some kind of spray. Part sunblock, part sanitizer, maybe part analgesic. Preferably home-made. Or maybe Vetericyn?

    Thanks!
    -John
     
  2. sylviethecochin

    sylviethecochin Free Ranging

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    You should probably just move!




    Sorry. Have you considered a hen saddle?
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  3. Johntodd

    Johntodd Chirping

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    Never knew such a thing existed! Found out there's also Chicken Armor! LOL!

    Great ideas, keep'em coming!
    Thanks!
    -John
     
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  4. BoyTheRooster

    BoyTheRooster Songster

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    Even though molt is over, she can still regrow the missing feathers. If it's the rooster doing it, keep her own pen where the rooster can't reach her, until the feathers grow back. Or hen saddle, i'd be worried about protecting her skin from being pecked by the other hens because it bare, or sunburn
     
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  5. Johntodd

    Johntodd Chirping

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    I don't think she's being pecked at all. She is the Leading Lady of the flock. But sunburn could be a thing. OTOH, they all have access to shade.

    When they go broody and get a clutch to sit on, the offending roosters will be sent to freezer camp. We want those genetics and that's all.

    Wow. It feels weird to ask about "skin care for chickens"! :lau
     
  6. Chickassan

    Chickassan Wattle Fondler

    Bang patch,that's classy! I like it! Do you happen to have a seamstress in your household? Making a hen saddle is pretty easy and you can get a perfect fit and fastners that you and the hen can deal with. A couple of the saddles here fasten with velcro so its easy to get on and there is no chance of the hen getting snagged on anything. Velcro is stronger than a randy rooster too! :)
     
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