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Ask the Expert December 2019/January 2020
Add to Favorites Reading Time: 12 minutes Missing Feathers and Exposed Flesh Around Hens Vent  Our 21-week-old Buff Orpingtons just started laying their first eggs. One of the chickens has missing feathers and exposed flesh around her vent that is more like a gaping hole so that you can literally see inside her. She is walking with her backside close to the ground but otherwise appears normal. We did not notice any difference in her appearance just a week ago.  Please let us know what this condition could be and if there is a way to help her.  Thank you,  David Dolenc, California  *********************  Hi David,  It’s a little difficult to see from the picture, but I suspect the hen may have a prolapse. When a hen lays an egg, a small part of oviduct everts to expel the egg, but then it is usually quickly pulled back in. In some cases, it may not pull back

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