Bald spot on back.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by BigMama, Jul 18, 2007.

  1. BigMama

    BigMama In the Brooder

    Apr 10, 2007
    Ok, first let me start off by saying that I was raised in town all my life. I didn't move to the country until I married my husband, so I am pretty niave about what goes on around a farm.

    One of my chickens has a bald spot on her back. When I looked closer it looks like the feathers were pulled out or broken off. I have never noticed the other chickens pecking at her, there is no blood or scabbing.

    When I mentioned this to my husband, he told me that it was probaly from a roo holding on to her. My hens should be laying anytime now.

    Is he right? Does this usually happen?
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Lower chickens in a pecking order... and for some reason any barred rock I have ever gotten... can lose their feathers on their back and get bald spots because the rooster holds on to their head/neck feathers and steps on to their backs. It breaks alot of the feathers this way. It's not unusual.
  3. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    I would say it is probably from the roo. My gals get that way...bare backed. Its ugly to see...but just part of what happens when you have a roo. If you notice pecking...I would spray her with blue coat.
  4. Country Gal

    Country Gal Songster

    Feb 2, 2007
    Capac, MI
    It's happened to a couple of my hens too. I guess they're getting a little more action than the others! [​IMG]
  5. bigzio

    bigzio Crowing

    Jan 20, 2007
    Yep, the roo is the culprit here. Treading the hens back during mating is the cause and your husband is correct. Hens won't regrow the feathers until they molt, so sunburn can be a problem if the hens free range in the open. We put 30 sunblock on some of the roos favorite hens when extreme sunshine could cause sunburn while free ranging.

  6. akcskye

    akcskye Songster

    Apr 11, 2007
    I'm also thinking the Roo...cause when Billy was alive, my Aussies were "bald backed" haha
  7. SandraChick

    SandraChick Songster

    YEs that may be the case....

    But how do all the other feathers look. Clean, shiny? Or battered looking.

    If they're battered looking you may have feather mites--sometimes the lack of feathers on the back is the first sign you have a problem. It's still the roo- but the reason for the feather breakage may be that the feathers are in poor condition from the mites and thus break easily.

    MOst of the's the roo's favorite...


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