Baldness / loss of feathers on shoulders

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Nifty-Chicken, Aug 5, 2007.

  1. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator

    I was reading this thread and learned about balding shoulders from the linked site. This made me think about my own girls where a few of them are loosing feathers on their shoulders.

    What's up with this? They are young hens (about a year old). Any ideas what's going on?
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    It's either molting, rooster damage or pests. Not much else it can be. The first hard molt takes place around 18 months old. The only hens I have with bare wingbows are the rooster's favorites.
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Do you have a rooster? That is usually what causes it as they are frisky buggers.
  4. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator

    Well, I don't have a rooster, but I've got a black australorp / RIR hen that sometimes mounts / stands on top of other hens. Maybe that's it.

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