Sun burnt chickens-help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by umanduhbree, Mar 19, 2012.

  1. umanduhbree

    umanduhbree Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 6, 2011
    Lacona, IA
    I have about 6 hens who have bare backs due to molting and a highly ambitious rooster. This wasn't too big of a problem until they started hanging outside in the 70-80 degree sunny days. I have noticed in the last few days that their backs are stating to get very pink, some even red-purple, which on a human equals sun burn. Their skin is leathery and a little crunchy. I'm specially worried about one who looks like she has welts on her back. I'm not sure what else i can do other than lock them in a cool room for a few weeks and let the skin heal and the feather grown back.

    Has anyone else had this issue and have a trick up their sleeves?

    Thanks for any help/ideas.
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    The easiest thing to do is make them a chicken apron. I take a piece of polarfleece about 6x7 inches, cut 2 wing slits 2 1/2 inches long in the upper part about 4 inches apart, and slip it over each wing over the top. It is best to do at night on the roost when they are easy to grab. They might get it off a time or 2, but mine keep them on unless the wing slits are too big. These need to be sized differently for each chicken. I trim the excess if it is too long.

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