Maybe the problem is mites. I haven't examined him with a flashlight in the dark. But my beautiful buff orp roo's legs are bare in the front and the skin of the center of the bare spots is red as if it were sunburned. He also has bare spots on his sides just above the knee joint, but those spots are not as red. I dusted him today with Sevin and will spray the chicken house with malathion in a couple of days. If he has mites, does that mean the others do, too, even if they are not showing signs? Is this the proper treatment? Do I need to dust them all, 28, total? Another question about feathers. This roo is a three-time survivor of a dog masacre and last December he lost his entire tail in the fray. He was barebutted all winter. Those long tail feathers have never grown back. Is that because of mites, or do feathers pulled out by the roots not grow back, or did he get frostbite and ruin his tail prospects? He's still pretty, though, and I love him. Also, I have a 27 week old black hen which is either an Iowa Blue or a Blue Hamburg, who has been hanging out in nests and sat there for two hours today, cackling as she left, but no egg, yet. Looks and acts fine, but could she be having trouble laying that first egg or is this normal for pullets? I'm not a complete newbie, but obviously not a pro. Much obliged for the help.