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Hen with bare red area below vent

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by dlkb, Jan 7, 2016.

  1. dlkb

    dlkb New Egg

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    Has anyone experienced this with their hens? My 7 month old barred Rock has this area, as seen in the photo, that is bare and red looking below her vent. She is eating , drinking, and laying normal. Any advice on what this is or what to do about it? It is now getting below freezing at night and I worry about her without feathers covering the area.[​IMG]
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    That is where a lot of feather picking birds will pull feathers off their flock mates so I would see if you have a feather picker, other thoughts are molting, mites, or a chunky poop ball falling off with the feathers.
     
  3. dlkb

    dlkb New Egg

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    Thanks
     
  4. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    My advise is to read up on feather mites a.k.a. depluming mites. These pests can cause enough misery that a hen will pull out her own feathers in an attempt to get relief.
     
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