Hi All, I have looked at a lot of the forums about bald bellies, but am still unsure. I have 6 hens--2 red sex comets, 1 australorp, 1 leghorn, 1 orpington, and 1 barred rock. I've been worried about a variety of pretty mild things that past few weeks because of the gnats. They aren't terrible, but not great. My leghorn, one of the red comets, and the orpington all have bald spots on their bellies. I have looked exhaustively for mites or lice (i've looked during the day, during the night, wiped down the roosts at night, etc) and found no evidence. Only today does one of the bald patches on one of the red comets look red/inflamed. otherwise the skin has looked fine, just bald. They look like pictures of the brood patches, but they are not broody (I've had experience with a broody chicken, they are not exhibiting any of the behaviors). I thought egg production went down, because there have been only 3 eggs per day instead of the normal 5 or 6 (they are 18 months old and great layers). Behaviorally they are acting normal. A bit of head shaking, but they always seem to do that. they are excited to eat treats when I come into the run (which I do at least once a day), and ran around the yard fine tonight when I let them out for a while. The run is straw which I turn every other week or so, and the coop is pine shavings. Both are deep litter method. Any thoughts? Thanks!