Bare Bum?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by albodean, Feb 24, 2017.

  1. albodean

    albodean Out Of The Brooder

    84
    6
    44
    Sep 27, 2016
    Hi all,

    One of my girls has lost her feathers near her vent. Only noticed it over the past week or so. Haven't seen any pecking or changes in behaviour. Any idea what the cause could be? Picture below.

    [​IMG]
     
  2. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

    How old is she?

    Looks like she has pin feathers already coming back in. So maybe a mini molt?

    Doesn't look like what I would associate with parasites, so I will be curious what others think, since I've never YET dealt with them.

    Hope you are enjoying BYC so far! [​IMG]
     
  3. albodean

    albodean Out Of The Brooder

    84
    6
    44
    Sep 27, 2016

    Thanks for the relply! She's between 8 and 9 months old
     
  4. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

    Any cockerels on site?

    Maybe previous picking that's growing back already?

    To check for parasites... go out well after dark, and take her off roost and use a flash light, Hold her on her back and bend legs toward chest and part feathers while you look for things running away, especially near the vent area. This will give you a more accurate picture than day time checking.

    Some of my girls that were less than year went through mini molts, which I didn't expect. But I think it's the weather and them being born real early last year.

    Is she laying you eggs? It looks like she's already in recovery... but I'd hate to be an under reactor and actually have a problem. [​IMG]

    These things go by pretty fast on that front page. So we might have to bump it occasionally to get a good second opinion. [​IMG]
     
  5. albodean

    albodean Out Of The Brooder

    84
    6
    44
    Sep 27, 2016

    No cockerels, just my 3 girls.

    I can't say I've ever noticed any of them picking at each other unless they're dust bathing. They seem to get on really well.

    She has been laying eggs for about 8 weeks now.

    Thanks for your help [​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by