hen pattern baldness?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by nikki1, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. nikki1

    nikki1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My SLW, Dot, is at the top of the pecking order. She is a beautiful bird, but lately she's been having issues.

    First, I noticed more Dot feathers than anyone else's in the run and in the yard. Then I noticed that her longest tail feathers were gone, so her butt looks very rounded. This morning I noticed a, well, not bald patch, but a sparse patch on the back of her neck.

    None of the other hens would dare to peck at her, so I don't think that's the problem. She seems otherwise healthy. The Girls eat a layer feed, with treats of corn, scrambled eggs, cottage cheese, and yogurt, so I'm thinking it's not a feed issue. Could she be doing a late molt? My other 6 hens are fully feathered.

    In the meantime, we've got a red heat lamp up in the coop to keep her and everyone else warm.

    So, what's up? Do I need to get Chickie Rogaine, or what?

    --Nikki
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    She's probably molting. Although the first adult molt is usually around 18 months old, some are late molters and some are early.
     
  3. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine are molting. Bare butts. Ugly, partially feathered chickens. Yard looks like a chicken exploded outside.

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  4. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    Could be a partial molt.


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  5. nikki1

    nikki1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Whew! I thought maybe she had some weird feather-losing disorder. We go with "molt" unless I see any further symptoms.

    --Nikki
     

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