Worried Dad. Does my chicken look like it has a problem to you?

Maine Chicken

Hatching
11 Years
May 7, 2008
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Belfast, ME
I have a few chickens that have bare bottoms.... I'm not sure if this is normal or not. The one in the pic is a 1 year old Bard Rock that has been featherless on her butt for a couple of months. It dawned on me that this might not be normal. The only thing that I can think of is that they sometimes will sleep in one of the nesting boxes and it does have feces in it. Might the acidity of the feces be "eating" the feathers? She is normal acting in every way. Happy, lays, etc. Is this normal?
 

Southernbelle

Gone Broody
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Mar 17, 2008
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If you've posted a picture, I can't see it. Last time I had a bare-bottomed chicken, I treated for mites and the feathers grew back. Even if you don't see any, they're quick little buggers.
 

3goodeggs

pays attention sporadically
10 Years
May 22, 2009
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In my girls' cases, the one roosting on the floor would entertain herself by plucking and eating the fluffy bum above her.
I don't think you need to worry. I upped their protein from layer to flock raiser, and it has improved, but bare bottomed Babs is still a naked rumped hen.
I see the picture now. Check for mites and if if you don't see any, sit in the coop and watch what is going on. I have one hen that plucks the girls fluffy feathers and runs away. She wears the pink leg band of shame. It makes it easier for us to pick her out and put her into solitary confinement.
 
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