Bare butted chicken!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by fightingbunny, Feb 4, 2017.

  1. fightingbunny

    fightingbunny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anyone know why my chickens would be getting bare spots on their stomach's/butts? I have one chicken with a lot of feathers missing and another that is looking similar but not as big a spot. The chickens were hatched in June and have been laying since December and seem healthy overall. I did not see any mites or missing feathers elsewhere on their bodies. The other two chickens seem unaffected. The vents are still feathered and look okay.

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  2. FoodFreedomNow

    FoodFreedomNow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Could your hens be broody? I had a GLW that plucked out the feathers on her abdomen when she went broody (a surprise to me)...the first picture, especially, reminds me of her. She hatched and raised three chicks. [​IMG]
     
  3. fightingbunny

    fightingbunny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My first thought was that they were feeling broody (as I am feeling that way for some spring chicks!!), but wouldn't the plucked area be more underneath and forward? I thought that was more "chest" area?

    I am concerned that I might have a feather eater!! I don't mind a broody hen, but I don't want them fighting. We are in the middle of planning a much bigger coop as ours is a small temporary one, so I am worried they are too crowded.
     
  4. Fluffers

    Fluffers Chillin' With My Peeps

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