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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:35 am 
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Hi everyone.

Needing some advice, I am a teacher and have recently come back from school holidays to find one of our school chickens has a very red and swollen bum (they have been looked after by vacation care group throughout holidays). It still seems quite happy, eating and running around with the other chickens.. unsure if laying, but have seen it lay down a few times like it wants to lay but nothing happens. Need some advice as to what to do? Should I just take to an avian vet ? Photo attached


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:48 pm 
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It could be that the other chickens have been pecking at it and removing feathers.

Pick up that chook and another chook and have a feel of that area. Aside from the difference in feathering, does the area feel any different between the bald and normal chooks? Is one more saggy, swollen or squishy feeling than the other?

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It reminds me of a picture of ammonia burn I have seen on a chicken page somewhere.
From sitting in a dirty, wet place during the night and not on the perch.
I would try to very gently put some antiseptic cream on.

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