Bare Underbelly

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Aaron, Jun 13, 2009.

  1. Aaron

    Aaron In the Brooder

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    My chicken has had a bare underbelly for a while now (https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=2053295), but all of a sudden in the last few days it has gotten much worse (lots of down feathers falling out). None of my other chickens have had this problem.

    I want to make sure that this isn't bad, and if it is, I would like to know what to do about it.
     
  2. katrinag

    katrinag Songster

    Look like you have a broody on your hands. Do you find her in the nest boxes often?
     
  3. Barnyard

    Barnyard Addicted to Quack

    Aug 5, 2007
    Southwest Georgia
    I know that chickens get bare bellies when it is broody time, but not sure if that is the problem with your girl. Have you checked for parasites like mites or lice?
     
  4. Aaron

    Aaron In the Brooder

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    We have treated her for mites; I'm pretty sure she doesn't have them.
     
  5. kingmt

    kingmt Songster

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    I would say she is plucking them because she is broody. They sometimes get a little crazy when they go broody. Does she puff up when you get close to her?
     
  6. Aaron

    Aaron In the Brooder

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    Not that I have noticed.

    Is there anything we can do to help? Her skin is red.
     

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