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Balding hens

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

  1. faerywings7

    faerywings7 In the Brooder

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    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 -- https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/600698/bald-spots-on-the-backs-of-hens-near-the-tail-feathers 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

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    Sounds like your rooster might be the culprit.

    They make things for it. http://www.hensaver.com/

    Or you can get rid of the rooster.

    Having 10 hens per one rooster might help if your ratio is smaller.
     
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    dawg53 Humble Premium Member 9 Years

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