Chickens have naked butts!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Sweetest, Mar 9, 2014.

  1. Sweetest

    Sweetest Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok, so it seems that all 11 of my chickens have plucked out the feathers on their butt/lower belly area. One has even pulled out the feathers on her chest. So when they're free ranging, I see jaunty hen tails...and naked hen butts.
    No mites. But what gives?! [​IMG]
     
  2. rc4u

    rc4u Chillin' With My Peeps

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    maybe there taking after someone??? you don't have any streekers or live in a communal area?? really just kidding..
     
  3. Sweetest

    Sweetest Out Of The Brooder

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    Haha! Sadly, life would be made a lot more exciting by something like that! Hmm, they CAN see in our bathroom window from their run...why they haven't gone blind by now... :)
     
  4. tadaen sylverma

    tadaen sylverma Out Of The Brooder

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    2 of my standards ( jersey giants??? I think ) have similar. Zero feathers on the back end of their breasts, well below the tail visible only from directly behind them. I had worried it might be something but they seem fine, and both of them are the same way. The bantams are perfectly fine but I don't know what to do with these 2 big ones I have. They are laying normally it seems. Get at least 1 good sized egg every day, sometimes 2 (total not from each, the eggs are plainly different each time so maybe each one is giving 1 every other day or something).

    I just wonder if I need to worry about this.
     
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2014
  5. sphillips

    sphillips Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I started seeing the same thing with my chickens, started with one, but now all but my white Leghorns are bald butts. I thought they may be starting a moult, as they are about a year old now. Have more questions, but will run my own post on that. Hope you get some answers!
     
  6. WindStep

    WindStep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ?
     
  7. Sweetest

    Sweetest Out Of The Brooder

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    Mine are about a year old now too...could just be a moult.
     
  8. sunspot

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    Same here - but I have seen them pecking from each other. Too many in my pen (20)?

    They lay OK
     

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