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bald patch under my hens chin

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Jimmy H, Jan 28, 2014.

  1. Jimmy H

    Jimmy H Hatching

    Jan 28, 2014

    I have 4 chickens 1 cream legbar, 1 exchequer leghorn and 2 bantams. I have had them since chicks and they are now about a year and a half old. I have just noticed that the legbar has quite a big bald patch under her chin and i do not know why. She along with the leghorn have just started laying again. THe bald patch does not look that red or raw.

    Does anyone have any ideas?

  2. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Crowing

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    Sometimes birds will groom each other and pull out neck feathers, not sure if that is what happened to your hen.
  3. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us! The feather loss could be from pulling by another bird, or she may have mites/lice. I'd look on her skin and feathers for moving black or yellow specks (mites) or white egg-like things (lice eggs).
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop

    Sounds like molting. Look else where on her body for pin feathers, especially on the head and back of the neck. Pin feathers are newly growing feathers that start out with a shaft of paper skin like material that as the feather grows, the bird preens off. If you are seeing new growth of feathers elsewhere on the body, than this bald patch is part of the molting process.

    Enjoy all your babies and it is great to have you aboard!
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Looks like everyone has covered the usual causes, over grooming/feather plucking by another bird (they will often do this on the roost in the evening) lice/mites, or partial molting even if she just started laying again...
  7. Alright [​IMG] great to have you join the BYC flock [​IMG]

    The bald spot can be caused by a great many things like other chickens pulling them to body bugs even from rubbing on something but first you need to take a close examination of this chicken head to foot as one would say checking for any many different bugs just to rule that out just for health reasons alone next is there something she could be rubbing her chin on in the nest to cause the balding if these are ruled out then it is most likely from the other chickens pulling on them [​IMG]

    gander007 [​IMG]

  8. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    Welcome to BYC! You have received some good advice here, best of luck to you.
  9. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

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