Is it mites? For the past couple weeks my tom has been exhibiting tattered feathers on the left side of his breast and behind his neck (exclusively the left side) and I never thought much of it as I see certain hens pulling on his feathers every once in a while. Today, however, I was looking closer and realized that his beard is almost gone! He's 2, and had a nice 5-6 inch long beard going, which is now only 1.5 inches long at best. All the bristles look like they were trimmed short. I cannot see any of the bronze tinging that implies beard rot, but I can't fathom how else the beard would become cut off like this, nor how the isolated feather damage is occurring. Is there a chance it's mites? Or is physical trauma more likely?