health sick

By a1911guy on Mon, May 6, 2013 - 4:59pm

Health issues

We have had layers every year for the past decade.  This year there is an unusual condition with a few of my Barred Plymouth Rocks.  Their backsides (under their tail) is bare of feathers and looks red and inflamed.  I have never seen the hens picking on the effected birds, but I do see feathers in the nest boxes so I wonder of the hens are removing their own feathers for nesting.  These hens often stay in the nest box into the evening and I have to remove them to the roost by hand.  Thus far they seem to lay well and have no other issues.