Bare butt chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by TTownChics, Dec 31, 2015.

  1. TTownChics

    TTownChics Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So one of my orpingtons has a bald spot around her butt. She's had it a while. I feel like it got better but now it's not getting any better. I don't see her actively plucking but I'm not out there all day watching. I don't see anything when I pick her up and look.

    Any ideas on what could be the cause?
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Look closely at the skin. Do the feathers look as if they are being chewed off? (you will see the stubs of the feather on the skin.) Or are they being plucked out completely? (you will only see smooth skin)

    If this has been going on quite a while and you see stubs of the feathers, she may have depluming mites. You will also see horizontal lines of thinness in other feathers, especially tail and primary wing feathers. These mites irritate the bird living up in the feather shaft and the birds chew their feathers off at skin level. These thin horizontal thin lines in other feathers are tell tale signs of depluming mites.

    If there are no stubs there at the skin level, others may be plucking her feathers out. Either by boredom, they need the protein or from habit. If she roosts above other birds, sometimes they will pluck the bird above them. The bird herself may be plucking them out if she needs the protein, she is bored or out of habit as well.
     
  3. Gunlover57

    Gunlover57 Out Of The Brooder

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    Can people get the poultry lice and mites? ?
     
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    These bugs can certainly get on you but usually don't cause you personally much trouble. They much prefer poultry.

    Depluming mites and leg scale mites are invisable to the naked eye. I have never heard of a case of these mites getting on humans.
     
  5. ViolinPlayer123

    ViolinPlayer123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it just one hen?
     
  6. TTownChics

    TTownChics Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes just the one hen. We looked at her today and mostly, they are taken clean off. A few have stubs but I couldnt tell if it was new feather coming in or chewed. I looked at her skin and it wasnt red or irritated. I didnt see nits from lice either. I know mites are invisible so not sure what is going on.
     
  7. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    How long has she had the bald spot? Could she be molting? Do you see any pin feathers around her neck or anywhere else on her body?
     
  8. TTownChics

    TTownChics Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She has had it at least a month, maybe more.

    All my hens are about 10months. Some have started to moult in the last week which I am surprised but I read that some breeds can moult young.
     

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