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Old 04-25-2009, 06:07 PM  
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Chicken has no feathers on butt!

My Buff Orpington hen has no feathers on her butt and I'm trying to figure out what's going on. All of my chickens have always been so healthy so this is new to me. It also looks very red. I have never ever seen anybody ever picking on her or plucking her feathers out and don't see any kind of bugs on her at all. It's weird because it started a few months ago when the feathers on her back (more so on the top of her tail) looked all fluffy, like kind of sticking up and not laying flat like they're supposed to. Now, her poor rear is bald and red. We also don't have a roo, just hens. Does anyone have any ideas of what it could be? Should I put something on her or just leave it?
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Old 04-25-2009, 06:23 PM  
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Is she molting?
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Old 04-26-2009, 05:33 PM  
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My best guess is egg bound or has an infection. Get her on antibiotics.
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Old 04-27-2009, 04:26 PM  
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Okay, what type of antibiotics do I give her?
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Old 04-27-2009, 04:32 PM  
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She does not appear to be egg bound. She has been producing just fine and has no symptoms of being egg bound. I will try to post a picture. Her butt is kinda poopy, but she doesn't appear swollen or have any discharge coming from her vent.
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Old 04-28-2009, 11:56 AM  
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I really should invest in a poultry medical book. It would make doctoring so much easier me thinks.

The symptoms you described sound a lot like a finch I had many years ago. You might want to isolate your hen and try to get her to stop laying. When I said egg bound it doesn't necessarily mean there is an egg stuck in her but rather having trouble laying. She could have an infection in the egg track or her bowls its hard to say. But my thinking is that to get it to clear up she'll have to go on hiatus from egg laying for a few weeks. The feathers sticking up, not laying flat sounds like swelling to me. If you said the whole bird was like that then she definitely is sick.

Not liking the sound of poo sticking to her rear. I'd start with a fecal sample sent to your vet if he's willing to do one. If not then give over the counter water soluble antibiotic found at your local feed store or pet shop. I do not recommend eating eggs from her while she is being treated.
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