red featherless butts

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by gretchen, Mar 23, 2009.

  1. gretchen

    gretchen In the Brooder

    Jul 18, 2007
    I know I am a good chicken mommy, my hens get plenty of everything, including kitchen scraps, organic feed and all my neighbors grass clippings but.... when I went on vacation this Feb. the housesitter forgot to fill their feeder, they did get fresh water everyday but they probably went without food for 5 days. They did NOT peck each other thank goodness, needless to say they were happy to see me. Egg production went to nil but they are back up to speed now, the problem is 2 of the hens (one barred rock and one silver laced wyandotte) have red featherless bums... did I force a second molt? it is just stress? do I do anything about it or just hope they heal? It is starting to warm up in Vermont but it's still cold (anywhere from 10-40 degrees at night) they seem happy enough it just worries me. any advice?
  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    They ate each other's feathers, maybe?
  3. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    Sounds like stress-induced picking.

    If it continues, separate them until the feathers come back, or apply blu-kote or pine tar.

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