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

Johntodd

Chirping
Mar 3, 2016
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west TN area
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
 

sylviethecochin

Free Ranging
Jun 14, 2017
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During the summer it'll be 300 degrees with 300% humidity and a 300 UV level. :barnie

You should probably just move!




Sorry. Have you considered a hen saddle?
chickensaddle1_large.jpg
 

BoyTheRooster

Songster
Jan 11, 2018
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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
 

Johntodd

Chirping
Mar 3, 2016
66
13
82
west TN area
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
 

Chickassan

Wattle Fondler
May 23, 2017
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Greenville S.C, formerly Noneya U.S.A
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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