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

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

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    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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