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why do some of my chickens have pink, swollen, bald butts

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why do some of my chickens have pink, swollen, bald butts?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  ECCMDoc replied 7 years ago.
It is possible that the affected chickens are being pecked by more dominant hens. Feathers being pulled traumatizes the tissue and will lead to reddened skin and swelling. Continued pecking of the area will only worsen things.
Of course, this is assuming that you have free range or floor flock chickens. If you have caged flock, adjacent chickens may be pecking.
If the chickens are otherwise healthy with no other skin lesions and no diarrhea, this would be my suspicion.
If there are other concerns as well, discussion could lead to a bit better assessment of the situation.
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