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

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Maine Chicken, Jun 15, 2010.

  1. Maine Chicken

    Maine Chicken New Egg

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    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?
     
  2. Damummis

    Damummis Chickenista

    Apr 29, 2009
    Mid-Coast
    I don't see a picture. Is there suppose to be one?
     
  3. Maine Chicken

    Maine Chicken New Egg

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  4. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    Virginia
    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.
     
  5. Maine Chicken

    Maine Chicken New Egg

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    Sorry, I just figured out how to do it [​IMG]
     
  6. 3goodeggs

    3goodeggs pays attention sporadically

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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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