Is this Rooster Damage or Molt?

ske1806

Chirping
9 Years
Apr 18, 2010
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Patterson, New York
I am wondering what is causing this bald spot in my less than one-year-old Welsumer. Is it just molt? The rooster? Is she victim of random pecking when I'm not around? Would wearing an apron help her? For how long?

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gritsar

Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!
13 Years
Nov 9, 2007
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SW Arkansas
My vote is for rooster damage. I have one girl that wears an apron spring through fall. In my case, it's not entirely the roo's fault, they just don't fit together well. Either she doesn't squat in a way that works for him or he's not able to mount her correctly.

Once my roo slacks off on his mating attempts going into winter, I take the girls apron off.
 

ranchhand

Rest in Peace 1956-2011
11 Years
Aug 25, 2008
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There are new feathers coming in, and I, too, think I'd blame it on the rooster. A saddle until the new feathers grow in would really help. Looks like she's the favorite hen, so it might have to be semi-permanant. She's a pretty pullet!
 

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