Hen with red, swollen butt, help!

laurelsh

Chirping
12 Years
May 17, 2007
47
1
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Hi!
My black hen, who is about 10 months old and has been laying eggs, has a red, swollen butt. She lives with five other hens and a rooster. She acts fine, looks healthy, but from behind you can see her skin is red and swollen between feathers on her rump. Since she is in with other hens, I don't know what her poop looks like or if she is currently laying.

Should I isolate her? Should I run her on antibiotics? What should I do?

Thanks, Laurel
 
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MoodyChicken

Songster
10 Years
Feb 15, 2009
1,869
25
181
Northern California
I have a hen like that. She's had it for a year and the only problem it's caused is that now she lays misshapen eggs. I'm not exactly sure what it is, but it's probably a butt tumor, a reproductive cyst, internal laying, or an absess. Is is squishy like a water balloon, or hard and fatty?
 

Jenski

Songster
11 Years
Jun 17, 2008
2,177
18
181
Middle Tennessee
Can you tell if the other birds are pecking at her bottom? You may wish to isolate her to determine exactly what is going on. That way you can tell how much she is actually eating an drinking, and whether she is laying or perhaps is eggbound.

Please keep us updated on how things go!
 

laurelsh

Chirping
12 Years
May 17, 2007
47
1
89
Hi,
Thanks for the responses. I've isolated her. It is in the lower butt area, not around the vent, and it is swollen, red, squishy. No break to the skin. No injury, so it's internal. Seems quite far from her vent.
We'll see if she lays an egg today.
Ciao, Laurel
 

chickeepoo

Songster
11 Years
Mar 10, 2008
319
1
139
Orlando, FL
My largest hen had the same problem, laid eggs occasionally, and would grow back some feathers just to have a bare swollen bottom again a few days later. It's possible that whatever is irritating her made her pick at herself in frustration. The other hens weren't good to her either- they seem to know when one of them is not feeling well. A warm soak in water in a big bucket helps her feel better, but the growth or problem never went away.
 

laurelsh

Chirping
12 Years
May 17, 2007
47
1
89
Update on Hen.
She laid an egg today, seems completely normal in attitude and activity, other than the red swollen area. I think I'll start her on antibiotics tomorrow.
Laurel
 

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In the Brooder
8 Years
Nov 13, 2011
11
0
22
Just wanted to see how your hen is doing. My rooster has the same problem and I don't know what to do. Thanks.
 

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