Missing feathers, scabs, redness?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Adam4Chantel, Apr 6, 2016.

  1. Adam4Chantel

    Adam4Chantel New Egg

    Apr 6, 2016
    Hi there, I've gained a lot of information from these boards, but this is my first post!
    I have noticed that two of my hens have big, red, featherless patches on their undersides below the vent, with scabs, and one has a hard lump, maybe an ingrown feather? One has more redness and a larger patch of feather loss. The girls are about a year old, we have 15 total and only two that look like this. Both Buff Orpingtons. I have not noticed any behavioral issues, and these ladies are not far down on the pecking order, so I'm not sure what is going on. I have read everything from mites to bullying to feather eating to diet and about 10 other things, but no real clear answer! I have checked both girls and do not see any sign of parasites, no new birds introduced to the flock recently, no food changes, no other signs of illness. What should I be doing?

  2. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 21, 2015
    No where Nebraska
    I am not sure, it sounds like you have already ruled out everything I would suggest. It really looks like you have a feather eater.
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    I agree with OFW. Probably the most pristine looking bird in the flock.

    edited to say Welcome to BYC. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2016

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