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missing feathers on chest?

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One of my wyandotte bantams is missing feathers on her chest, this doesn't look like a broody patch as she isn't broody and the missing feathers are more on the front of her chest than belly, so many are missing that you can see her skin, which is (is this normal) fairly red, she also has feathers missing on her wrists, where here wings tuck into her body feathers. She is in a flock of 3, so over-mating by a rooster is out of the question concerning the feather loss on her wings. She's still laying fine and behaving completely normal. Her comb is red. Anyone know what might be going on?

proud owner of one mixed bantam flock, and one mixed large fowl flock

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proud owner of one mixed bantam flock, and one mixed large fowl flock

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It's probably from feather picking unless she is starting to molt. Chickens may tend to "groom" each other while on the roost or just standing around while one sits. Sometimes they can become bored or eat feathers because they need more protein or are overcrowded. Anti-peck lotions, menthol or sulfur based ointments can help to prevent this.
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