help! not sure if hen is molting or something else

chicken parm

In the Brooder
11 Years
Nov 19, 2008
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My hen started molting in the winter Dec. still hasn't grown in full feathers yet. tail feathers are cottony looking. and I just noticed her butt or vent area is bald and raw. what could be wrong?
 

DouglasPeeps

Songster
11 Years
Feb 26, 2008
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Sorry, I didn't word my questions right. I know that feather picking occurs with or without a rooster, but I was just asking for more information from the OP.
 

chicken parm

In the Brooder
11 Years
Nov 19, 2008
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delaware
pecking could be the problem, never seen them do it but it could be going on at night. should I separate her till she heals? any meds needed for the bare skin?
 

HorseFeathers

Frazzled
11 Years
Apr 2, 2008
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Put duct tape or a saddle over the bare patch on her back if that is picked. The vent you can't do anything about, really... separate her with a cage (we use a dog cage) in the coop so she isn't lonely but the other hens can't pick at her. And wait until the feathers grow back (luckily with a molt this won't take long).
 

chicken parm

In the Brooder
11 Years
Nov 19, 2008
69
0
39
delaware
I have a empty coop I can put her in for a while. do you think she would be to lonely by herself? would they except her back when she's better?
 

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