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  1. 4littlehens

    4littlehens New Egg

    Oct 5, 2008
    Can adult hens have a pasted vent? My barred rock had poop stuck to her rear feathers yesterday. This morning the feathers around her vent were missing and most of the poop was gone. She still has some old poop stuck in the vent area, but she laying and pooping just fine. Her rear seems to be bothering her, but she may just getting used to her new bare bottom. None of the skin in the area looks red or irritated. I'm just curious if any of you have had this experience or if I should be concerned. Thanks!
  2. JessaLynn

    JessaLynn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 7, 2008
    Sandusky County,Ohio
    In my experience it could be a sign of stress or sickness.Just monitor her and make sure they have plenty of food and water all the time.Good Luck!
  3. chookchick

    chookchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2008
    Olympia WA
    She could have mites, take a really close look at her vent area. The mites lay eggs on the base of the feather shafts. Can you tell if she is pulling her own feathers out, or are others pecking at her rear? One of my hens is "messy", always has a bit of poo on her rear feathers, but she is very healthy otherwise (she is also a pig).
  4. 4littlehens

    4littlehens New Egg

    Oct 5, 2008
    My guess is that she is pulling out her own feathers. The area around her vent looks fine, but some of the remaining feathers look like they've been covered in oil. It's strange. It could be stress... I just had a fence installed aroung the chicken yard. Thanks for your comments!

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