hen pattern baldness?

nikki1

Songster
8 Years
Oct 16, 2011
492
26
134
Eatonville, WA
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
 

gritsar

Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!
13 Years
Nov 9, 2007
28,906
345
661
SW Arkansas
She's probably molting. Although the first adult molt is usually around 18 months old, some are late molters and some are early.
 

nikki1

Songster
8 Years
Oct 16, 2011
492
26
134
Eatonville, WA
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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