Raw butts

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by skikemp, Jun 11, 2016.

  1. skikemp

    skikemp New Egg

    Jun 11, 2016
    Can I give my chickens a bath with Epsom salt to help them. Some of them have lost the feathers off their back ends and their skin is all exposed:(. They all seem happy but to me they don't look very comfortable!
  2. chickens really

    chickens really True BYC Addict

    Sounds like a feather pecking problem??
    How old are there chickens?
  3. skikemp

    skikemp New Egg

    Jun 11, 2016
    They are all 3 years and up! I have 12 total but only three are affected with the bald area. The skin looks very red! I had chickens for about 7 years and have never had this happen to them!
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    I'd look for bugs first...late at night well after dark when the night mites emerge.
    Google mite and lice and their eggs images before inspection, will help ID whatever you might see.
    Rule out bugs....not sure what you can really do.

    Mine have been afflicted so numerous times, doesn't really seem to bother them.
    Sometimes the redness only last a few days, sometimes longer.
    Feathers will grow back after molt.

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