bare patch on back

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by PeggySueQ, Jun 9, 2010.

  1. PeggySueQ

    PeggySueQ In the Brooder

    Nov 13, 2009
    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.
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    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.
  3. peaceful

    peaceful Songster

    Jun 24, 2008
    BC Canada
    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?
  4. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

    Feb 27, 2008
    Elizabethtown, NC
    She had been over bred by a rooster. The feathers will grow back. As long as it is not bleeding, she will be fine without any intervention.
  5. Rorys peeps

    Rorys peeps In the Brooder

    Jun 7, 2009
    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.
  6. ChickScofflaw

    ChickScofflaw Hatching

    Feb 26, 2010
    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?
  7. ColoradoGirl42

    ColoradoGirl42 In the Brooder

    Feb 7, 2011
    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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