Need Help Diagnosing A Chicken Disease

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by PlanterTomato, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. PlanterTomato

    PlanterTomato Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi All:

    I have a 2 year old hen that has been losing on her backside. Her exposed skin is extremely red. This has been going on for weeks and appears to be getting worse. She does not seem to be exhibit any other problems - still eating, not lethargic etc.

    What is this and how do I treat it?

    Thanks very much.

    -Mark
     
  2. sunket77

    sunket77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is she in with a rooster? If not it could be another feather pecking hen or possibly mites.
     
  3. chickletranch

    chickletranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She's probably moulting. Our hens have every shade of backside, from pink to red-pink. Is it blood-red, or just deep pink? Any abrasions that you can see?

    When our girls lose alot of feathers, we sometimes put a "chicken saddle" on them to prevent injury during mating. You can find them online.

    All the best,
    Lynn
     
  4. PlanterTomato

    PlanterTomato Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't have any roosters, so its not that.

    I will look to see if there are any mites, but none of the other chickens seem to have this problem, so mites seems less likely.

    Her backside is blood red.

    Any further help is appreciated.

    -Mark
     
  5. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Sounds like you have a chicken picking her..
    Could be mite, lack of protein, or if you are feeding a feed that is low or has no animal protein in it a hen could be eating her feathers.....

    Chris
     

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