bare patch on back

PeggySueQ

In the Brooder
10 Years
Nov 13, 2009
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I bought an 11-month-old hen from a local breeder to keep my one chicken company. When I got her she had a bare patch above her tail with a few straggly small feathers poking through. She does not have bugs. The skin is not black. This area has not healed. Sometimes the skin is slightly red. A couple of times there has been a blood spot - I think my other hen has pecked her. I want to put something on it to help the area heal. What can I use? She can preen there so it has to be something she can ingest.
 

chicmom

Dances with Chickens
10 Years
Feb 24, 2009
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Strasburg Ohio
Sounds like she was pecked before you got her. (That's a spot that chickens like to peck for some reason.) Now, the others are attracted to the bald spot, so it can be hard to grow feathers back there. There's a spray you can buy at TSC called Blue Cote. It is actually a bright blue, and if you spray it on the bald spot, it also deters pecking. There's something about the color that chickens don't like. Anyhow. That's what I would try.
 

peaceful

Songster
11 Years
Jun 24, 2008
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You could also try making up a custom "chicken saddle" cover of duct tape to protect the area and let the feathers grow back.
In terms of an ingestable healing balm maybe aloe vera or vitamin E?
 

Rorys peeps

In the Brooder
10 Years
Jun 7, 2009
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Gibbstown
i agree. was she with a rooster? i have only 4 hens with a rooster and they all have bare backs. I now keep the rooster in a separate run to give the girls a break and allow the feathers to grow back. i will only let them run together when i want fertile eggs.
 

ChickScofflaw

Hatching
9 Years
Feb 26, 2010
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sacramento, CA
i've had this problem too, but never had roosters. my polish has been bare backed for upwards of 6 months. No sores, no real signs of new feathers. just looks naked. what could it be?
 

ColoradoGirl42

In the Brooder
8 Years
Feb 7, 2011
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I was looking for info on the same problem, and ran across this (old) thread. Did anyone figure out how to deal with this successfully?
 

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