red backside for 6 months!!

lin9

Songster
8 Years
May 31, 2012
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my Barred Rock has been to the Colorado vet hospital twice for tests costing about $600. I have given her the pills they Rx'ed. (terrible struggle)
I have tried Pick-no-more and a honey-base blue creme. Nothing works. She is attentive and has a good appetite and generally good humor, and red backside with sparse feathers. It's cold outdoors now and she must get chilled back there.

I have some diapers put can't remember how to put one on her. Maybe I need some kind of cozy cover to keep her warm and the other girls away. Only once have I ever seen anyone pecking her backside. I can knit and sew

She can't stand being in a cage separated from other girls : she cries and does a hunger strike. She gets lots of protein.
 

Mosey2003

Crowing
5 Years
Apr 13, 2016
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North-Central IL
When skin is exposed to the sunlight for extended periods of time, it will turn red. The key will be figuring out why the feathers are missing in the first place. Have any pictures?
 

happylittlehens

Songster
6 Years
Mar 19, 2013
247
133
166
Utah
I have a barred rock with the same problem! I got her from someone who had a rooster and I just assumed maybe she was one of his ‘favorites’. After having her for a few months now with no rooster, I assumed she would start growing new feathers in... but she hasn’t. The other hens don’t seem to bother her, but that poor red backside makes me sad.
 

rebrascora

Free Ranging
5 Years
Feb 14, 2014
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8,753
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Consett Co.Durham. UK
A photo of it might help us figure out what the problem is. Have they taken x rays?

Usually with bald red backsides, there will be some abdominal swelling which will stretch the skin and cause the feathers to be rubbed off when roosting or preened off due to constantly being soiled with poop, which happens because of the swelling. What does her poop look like? When did she last lay an egg? How old is she?
What was the medication (pills) they gave you for her?

Sorry.... more questions than answers!
 

micstrachan

Enabler
Premium Feather Member
5 Years
Apr 10, 2016
10,448
50,476
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Santa Cruz Mountains, California
Hi there. How is your girl? If she is distressed from being separated, keep her with the flock (as long as they are not pecking her backside?) Otherwise, keep her crate in with them so she remains a part of the flock. Worst case, put a buddy in with her.
 

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