feather loss around vent

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by lavender42, Feb 28, 2013.

  1. lavender42

    lavender42 New Egg

    Feb 28, 2013
    I have seen this question several times on this site and others but I am continuing to have a 'vent' problem (loss of feathers and very red bottoms).

    Just a bit of history: we have 17 chickens, no rooster, clean the pen and boxes every 3 weeks, they have a very large outside running pen and their diet consists of layer feed, a flock block, scratch feed, and all veggie scraps.

    It started with one and now all of the chickens have the no feather/red bottom issue. We looked for mites at night but cannot see anything, and powdered the pen with anti-mite controll everytime we clean. The flock looks very healthy (minus the bottom issue)and egg production is very good. One keeper suggested a bacteria/yeast imbalance and to use probiotics. Has anyone used this method and did it work? And for those of you who have had this problem, did the vent feathers ever grow back after treatment?
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  2. DunedinChicks

    DunedinChicks New Egg

    Mar 18, 2012
    Dunedin, New Zealand
    I am having a similar problem with 2 out of my 6 girls. All the downy fluff around the vent area is gone. They've been treated for mites, worms, etc. and no re-growth has taken place. They've been that way for about 5 months. The 2 with the problem are barred/Plymouth rocks. The other 4 are a (possible) Australorp, a mutt (no idea of parentage, looks kind of bantamish), a blue Orpington and a silver-laced Wyandotte. It's weird to me that it has only affected the 2 girls of same breed and none of the others.

    Hope you get a response!

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