bald spots on the side of roo's head

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Mrs. K, Feb 16, 2013.

  1. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    I have a roo, and Lately he has developed bald spots on the side of his head, just behind and below the ears.

    What could cause that?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Is there any possibility that the hens are feather picking/plucking him?
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I agree, sometimes the hens pluck feathers from the sides of his head. And he always just stands there and lets them!
     
  4. Mrs. K

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    There is no sign of feather picking anywhere else on him or on the other hens.
     
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    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    For some reason hens will frequently target the sides of the face and the neck of a rooster. Why? I have not a clue, but many a rooster has lost his muffs, tufts, beards.
     
  6. Mrs. K

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    hmmmm now that you mention it, my EE roo often lost his muff.... I never saw anyone peck at it, I might just spend some time down there and see.
     

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