big red butts, is this normal?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by elizahighvoltag, Mar 22, 2012.

  1. elizahighvoltag

    elizahighvoltag New Egg

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    We have eight RIR hens that will be 3 years old in May. For the last couple of months egg production is erratic and decreased. At first we thought molting, but then we noticed 3 then 4 of the hens backsides are pretty red and look swollen. Is this normal or something we need to be concerned about. They have been picking at each others feathers so we increased their protein and oyster shell in their feed. [​IMG]
     
  2. Kickin' Chickin'

    Kickin' Chickin' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know what that is but it is definitely NOT normal! You should post this in the emergency section.
     
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  3. slabcrappy

    slabcrappy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Prolapse?
     
  4. elizahighvoltag

    elizahighvoltag New Egg

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    Thanks, I took your suggestion and reposted this to emergency section as well.
     
  5. cindynavarrette

    cindynavarrette New Egg

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    I had the same problem with my RIR and White Leghorns. Once I let them free range during the day, their feathers grew back nice and fluffy. I think the hens were just picking at each other. They all go back to the hen house at the end of the day and are locked away from the local coyotes, red foxes and skunks.
     

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