Sorry for cross-posting, but I put this elsewhere a month ago and only got 1 reply. It was suggested that Emergencies/Diseases might be a better choice. Here is the link to my original post: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...as-an-ugly-lump-near-her-cloaca#post_18151603. And, here is a cut-and-paste: Bessie has the ugly butt you see below. I first noticed it yesterday (edit: March 5, 2017). Today I picked her up, calmed her down and turned her over to examine the area. The bloated blob is not hard, it is soft and pliable. I felt around finger-deep up the cloaca and could feel nothing unusual. I had thought she might be egg-bound, but that doesn't appear to be the case. My other Jersey Giants have grey, fluffy, health-looking butts. Can anyone help identify the problem and tell me how serious it is and what to do next? Don (Edit #2: it is now April 10, he bald butt area has become larger; a second black jersey giant has the same thing starting, and my third and final looks perfect) Is this a problem, or something I can simply ignore?