Bald Chest on one of my girls

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by 3against2, Jul 11, 2016.

  1. 3against2

    3against2 In the Brooder

    May 26, 2016
    Portsmouth UK
    Hi all

    I am a newbie on here, so please forgive me if this has been asked/answered before.

    I have 3 girls. The Fluffy Bums.

    Beatrice - Light Sussex
    Delilah - Speckeld Maran
    Matilda - Bluebell.

    They are all just over 12months old.

    I noticed a few weeks ago that Matilda had a white patch on her chest. I just put this down to new feathers (told you I was a newbie), but today, we noticed that she seems to have a balding patch there.

    I have read that this could be caused by any of the following.


    She doesn't seem broody. Ok, she may sit in the nest box for an hour or so when laying, but thats it. Oh, she always sleeps in the nest box too, along with Beatrice. And sometimes Delilah.
    She isn't really bullied unless there are treats about, and then Delilah will have a go, but Matilda can give as good as she gets.
    I haven't noticed any feather pecking going on, although there are feathers floating about the garden
    I have had a look but see no evidence of Mites on her.

    They seem pretty happy girls. They roam freely in the garden, they are quite vocal and all have good appetites. Also, they adore dust baths.

    So my question to you is, should I be worried? Is there anything I should immediately do?

    Thank you for reading.....


  2. She is probably rubbing the feathers off. Is she leaning against a feed trough to eat? I heard that Cornish Crosses sometimes get bald spots from doing this. Maybe raise the feed and water so she must stand to eat. If this is why then she will probably get too fat anyway.
  3. 3against2

    3against2 In the Brooder

    May 26, 2016
    Portsmouth UK
    Hi Icetruche

    Thanks for the reply, but I don't think thats the reason here. They have a round feeder, not a trough. :)

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