Red raw and few feathers on bum

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by GulfLass, Aug 4, 2013.

  1. GulfLass

    GulfLass New Egg

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    Hi, I am in Australia and recently bought 5 healthy, approx. 2 yr old laying hens (prob. isa browns). One of them came to me with a red, inflamed rear end and the few feathers that are there seem to be stuck together. They've all been laying fine since day one (ranging 3-5 eggs per day) but I've now noticed a couple of the other hens have the same redness showing and seem to be losing a few feathers. It could be a health issue OR my hunch is that the coop they came with is set up so they are roosting on a shelf (not a rung / bar) and each day there is a build up of manure there - if I don't clean it off each day (which I try to but ... working mum etc etc) , I imagine they are sitting on their own poo at night and this might be causing some kind of ammonia burn / irritation? I have an idea to introduce a rung perch but know they grown up in this coop and might only be able to settle on a shelf now.... Any ideas?
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    http://ultimatefowl.atwiki.com/page/Vent Gleet

    You might want to rule out vent gleet.

    Also rule out lice/mites.

    Make sure your feed has enough protein in it (don't feed just corn or scratch).

    They do need to roost off their droppings...a 2 x 4 turned so that they are roosting on the wide part is perfect for them to get them up off the poo.

    Make sure no moldy feed also.
     

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