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Could someone tell me what is wrong with this hen. We keep our chickens close to the house and keep a close eye on them. We haven't noticed any pecking and have no clue what this could be. Could the other chickens be attacking her without us noticing? 

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Could someone tell me what is wrong with this hen. We keep our chickens close to the house and keep a close eye on them. We haven't noticed any pecking and have no clue what this could be. Could the other chickens be attacking her without us noticing? 


There are a few different things that could be going on -

How old is your bird? 

Do you have any roosters in the flock?

Have you checked her (and the others) over for signs of external parasites such as mites or lice?

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We have two roosters and 15 hens. We have not checked for lice or mites, I guess we should do that. I'm dreading it a bit. I'll go check. 

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The bird is only 7 months so not a year yet for molting. 

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The area in question is one where you often see feather loss from the matings by roosters - is this particular girl a favorite of one or both of the boys in the flock?

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No lice that we could see. My husband just made the point that our two roosters are only mating 6 hens because the other 9 were added on later and are younger. So I think we need to get rid of a rooster. 

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