Hen developing a bald spot (pics)

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Mari1, Jan 23, 2014.

  1. Mari1

    Mari1 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 18, 2013
    I noticed one of my hens' back feathers were out of order and a lot of down was showing.
    I picked her up and checked her out to find a small injury and many feathers missing.

    Recently also noticed the same hen has climbed up on the pecking order and maybe it was done by her sisters?
    Or maybe the rooster is mating her too often?
    Any opinion and advice would be much appreciated.
    You can see her how much of her down is showing and how mismanaged her feathers are

    Lots of feathers missing, a few are starting to grow back

    Her booboo ):
    It looks like someone pecked her too hard and wouldn't let go (at least to me that's what it looks like but not 100% sure)

    I am totally sure though that she's not low on the pecking order because she pecks other hens when i'm handing out treats, and i've never seen the rooster intentionally hurt them. They don't even cry and hardly notice when he mates them (he really loves his hens a lot).
  2. alaskanchickens

    alaskanchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 21, 2014
    South central Alaska
    I have a black sex link hen with a spot just like that! I finally caught the rooster in the act and her trying to get away. I'm pretty sure it's from him holding on tighter with his feet and that's maybe a toenail puncture. I'm curious to know for sure also!
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Most likely the rooster has chosen her as one of his favorites. An apron will help protect her.
  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Looks like overmating to me. A hen saddle/apron would help protect her, or you could isolate the rooster.

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