Newbie Member--newbie to Chickens --- Bare butt - no sores

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by morrbett, Aug 21, 2014.

  1. morrbett

    morrbett New Egg

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    We had 10 hens, 9 were a little over a year old, 3 Buff Orpington and 6 Plymouth Barred Rock, and 1 older hen (Dominique) we rescued from a neighbor who left her to fend for herself. One of the Plymouth Barred Rock hens had a bare butt, no sores, and seemed to have no other issues. We found her in the coop the other day, dead in a corner, with no sign of injury from a predator. Recently we have noticed that the older hen (Dominique) is getting a bare butt. She is definitely not at the top of the pecking order and we never notice other birds picking at her feathers. The other 8 hens have no signs of bare butts and everyone seems to act normal. We have been including diatomaceous earth in their Purina layer pellets and have also dusted them with DE. They are supplemented with oyster shell also. They have a fenced yard, covered yard and are locked in a coop every night to roost. Any ideas?
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. I'm sorry about the loss of your Barred Rock and your Dominique showing the same symptoms. Definitely post this on our Emergency section at the link that TwoCrows gave you. Please feel free to ask any more questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. I hope your Dominique will be okay. Good luck.
     
  4. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Sorry about your hens![​IMG]
     
  5. morrbett

    morrbett New Egg

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    Thanks--posted in emergency section.
     
  6. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    I'm sorry about your hens. Hopefully your Dominique recovers!
     
  7. morrbett

    morrbett New Egg

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    Thanks!
     
  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Sorry about your hen, hope the other recovers.
     
  9. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you. Sorry for your losses. [​IMG]
     
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Have you checked them over for mites/lice? Did the ones you lost exhibit any other symptoms? Where they eating well and drinking, what was their activity level prior to dying? Did they have normal poos?
     

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