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Category: Bird
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Experience:  Small animal veterinarian with 15 years experience.
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I have an ex battery hen she’s about 12 months old, she has

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I have an ex battery hen she’s about 12 months old, she has started rubbing her lower belly vigourously on the ground – like when they have a sand bath – but this is different. She has rubbed all the feathers off and has become very red raw. She is eating and running around a little but there is definitely something wrong…. I have noticed that out of the four young hens we have, suddenly we’re only getting three eggs, so I suspect she is the one that’s not laying?
Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Expert will know how to help the hen. What is the hen's name?
Customer: Little Blondie
Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the hen?
Customer: no
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Bird
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Hi, I’ve just joined - have you received my question?
Expert:  Mike McIntyre replied 7 months ago.
Hello. This is Dr Mike. I have been practicing for 19 years and I will be happy to help you today with all of your questions. First, I would like to start with a few questions to help me better your case. Any changes in eating, drinking, urinating, or defecating? Any underlying health problems? Any medications we are on?
Expert:  Mike McIntyre replied 7 months ago.
My apologies for the delay. Would it be possible to send a picture if the reddened skin area ?
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Hi Mike,
No worries. I’ve Just got back from the local vets, apparently she’s not egg bound like I suspected – she has just got irritated skin and has been given cream for it. Bye
Expert:  Mike McIntyre replied 7 months ago.

Thank you for letting me know. Have a good day. Dr Mike