Bald spot on back of hen near tail feathers

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by bodaco, Apr 11, 2017.

  1. bodaco

    bodaco New Egg

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    I have 13 hens and 1 rooster. all have missing feathers on their backs near the tail feathers. I live in northern New England. seems to have started this winter and has progressively gotten worse. i haven't observed any pecking in that area. Not sure what it is.... thoughts?[​IMG]
     
  2. DuckGirl77

    DuckGirl77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Looks like maybe that hen is a favorite (of the rooster). [​IMG] I've had the same problem with a couple of my hens even though my roo-to-hen ratio is fine. The other chickens might peck it, too, and make it worse. You can get/make a "saddle" for her to wear for a while if it's not getting better. Also keep an eye on it to make sure she doesn't get a nasty scratch on that bare skin from the rooster's claws - without the feathers for protection, that can happen. Good luck!
     
  3. sassysarah123

    sassysarah123 Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, our buff orpington got that because a rooster was dating her.
     
  4. PapaBear4

    PapaBear4 Out Of The Brooder

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    I agree, rooster wear. Time for more hens, or less rooster!
     

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