Balding hens

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by faerywings7, Dec 24, 2014.

  1. faerywings7

    faerywings7 In the Brooder

    Aug 21, 2014
    I'm a relative newby (got my first batch of chicks this last spring) and have learned a lot from the forums here. I have a question about my hens who are all bald to varying degrees right in front of their tail feathers. At first I thought it was molting, but it's just in that one spot and the new feathers aren't coming in, so my father-in-law suggested it might be mites/lice. But wouldn't that affect them all over, not just on their backs?

    This forum entry has some good info -- and got me to thinking about it... I've noticed that when I do a head count before I close the coop at night, the rooster is always sitting on top of one of the hens, straddling it. I don't know if this is normal or not, but I'm wandering if this could be the cause. If so, how do I stop him?

    Any hints or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
  2. Wilebaum

    Wilebaum Chirping

    Nov 2, 2014
    Murfreesboro, TN
    Sounds like your rooster might be the culprit.

    They make things for it.

    Or you can get rid of the rooster.

    Having 10 hens per one rooster might help if your ratio is smaller.
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2014
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  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida

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