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I'm new to chickens and don't know that much yet. We got our 24 chickens almost a year ago now and they were doing super well until a few months ago. I started noticing bald spots on their lower back and sometimes there would be some Rae looking spots. Is this normal? How can I make it stop? I've tried oyster shells but wasn't sure how often or how much to give.

Help please
post #2 of 7
Do you have a rooster? Sounds like wearing from mating, or if no rooster feather picking.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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post #3 of 7
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I have one rooster in with them.
Is there something I can do or will it go away?
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If he is only doing this to a few hens, then it sounds like they are his favorite.  Some people may remove the roo from either all of the hens or just the ones being over-mated.  You could also try saddles that are made for chickens.  They can come in a variety of cute types and their sole purpose is to protect the hen from this kind of injury.  Though if you like to play dress-up with your chickens, you'll never have enough.  ;)

 

 

 
1 SUPER WIDE w TAIL FEATHER PROTECTION Chicken Saddle Hen Apron HATCHING EGGS

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That is so cute! Where do you find them?
Also will feathers grow back?
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That is so cute! Where do you find them?
Also will feathers grow back?

The feathers will grow back if given some relief.  You can also give a bit of extra protein to the affected hens to help speed up the recovery.  You can google Chicken Saddles and you'll find lots of places that sell them at a variety of prices.  

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That is so cute! Where do you find them?
Also will feathers grow back?
Usually the feathers won't grow back until the fall molt.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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