One of my chickens has a red swollen bottom no feathers on its bum

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chickster1, May 25, 2017.

  1. chickster1

    chickster1 Just Hatched

    Nov 8, 2016
    What causes a chickens bottom to be red and swollen and how can I help and treat her
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    This can be common in some flocks, and it could be that it just looks red and swollen because others have been picking out her feathers. Can you post a picture? Feather picking can get out of hand, leading to vent pecking and damage. I have a hen with a large mass under her vent for the past 2 years, and she probably has internal laying masses of egg material or possibly ascites (fluid in the lower belly.) If it is just from feather picking, I would try some BluKote to mask the bare skin every 2-3 days, or some bad tasting cream or ointment (Vicks, BenGay, Nustock, BagBalm) daily to help prevent pecking. Be sure to check her skin under the vent and elsewhere for lice or mites.

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