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CooCooCoo

In the Brooder
Aug 16, 2020
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Background: this hen is 18 months old, went throughher first molt this fall. Back feathers are looking nice but her butt has been bare for 2 months. Previously, I would soak poop off her but feathers cuz it didn’t clear her bottom and end up a nasty mess. About 3 months ago, i trimmed her butt feathers to clear a path for the poop. About a month later, she developed a shiny, bare butt. Now these stubs are growing in. Help
 

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Shezadandy

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I would say she has a friend plucking her butt feathers for her. Not much one can do about it other than separate her, but if there's no blood being drawn and the only problem is a bald patch ... I would rename her Ms.Baldy and not worry.
 

Eggcessive

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Is her bottom fuller and enlarged compared to the others? Some hens have more prominent bottoms, but some hens develop enlarged lower bellies from ascites, fat, or internal laying. Has she started laying again? Her new feathers are being broken off. Sometimes applying a sticky ointment or a bad tasting one, such as Nutstock cream, Bag Balm, vaseline, Rooster Booster AntiPeck, or pine tar can help to make the feather shafts less attractive for pecking.
 

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