Bare Butted Hens

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by SunsetChicks, Aug 23, 2019.

  1. SunsetChicks

    SunsetChicks Chirping

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    Hello,
    I have two California hens that look like this, with large feather-less areas around their butts. They appear to be acting normally, and I don't see any pests on them. At first, I thought it was molting, but it's been several weeks now. This flock is 9-months old. Never seen this before. Any ideas?

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  2. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

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    How many pullets do you have?
    What exactly are you feeding them?
    How large is your run?
     
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  3. SunsetChicks

    SunsetChicks Chirping

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    9 girls in an enclosed run (maybe 10x15') + coop. They have plenty of space to walk around and and roost on tree. I feed them commercial layer pellets + non-meat scraps from the kitchen.
     
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    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

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    I would up the protein content of their feed by putting them on something like Flock Raiser, All Flock or chick starter with a container of oyster shell on the side.
    I couldn't hurt to dust them the permethrin poultry dust either, just to be sure they don't have lice or mites.
     
  5. SunsetChicks

    SunsetChicks Chirping

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    I will try that. Here is a closer picture. She has lost virtually all feathers on her body, with just wings, head and tail remaining. It is worrisome, and I still don't see any pests.. hens.JPG
     

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