Barred Rock with sore on stomach

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by idahon8ive, Nov 29, 2014.

  1. idahon8ive

    idahon8ive Hatching

    Dec 5, 2013
    Lacey, Washington
    Have a Barred Rock with a sore on its breast/stomach, here is a pic, any help would be appreciated. She sometimes will sleep on on the bottom of the hen house, not anywhere there is poop, we do use white fir wood chips. She doesn't have any other issues. Wondering if this is just an area that has been irritated.

  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Crossing the Road

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    That looks like a breast blister, and they can easily get infected with staph or E.coli bacteria, causing an abscess or scarring. I would clean it daily with some betadine or iodine. Breast blisters are common in chickens who lie down a lot, especially in chickens who may be lame. If you can place her on a low roost at night and get her used to roosting, it would do her good to get off the floor. Here is some reading about this:
  3. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Crowing

    Mar 6, 2008
    Northern California
    X2. Heavier breeds seem more prone to this too. Is the hen overweight? If so feed less and more often. A long time ago we had a hen with this problem. I used that thin rubber foam people buy in rolls to line drawers/cabinets with. Most hardware stores carry that material. I wrapped it tight around the roost and secured it with friction tape. Duct tape could work too. A low roost may be a good way to begin like Egg mentioned. Go out each night and put that bird on the roost if you have to. A big rooster that regularly chooses the same hen to mount, or too few hens per rooster can bear the brunt of breast abrasions also.

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