Just molting or something more?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by cmurray, Dec 31, 2016.

  1. cmurray

    cmurray New Egg

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    My Black Australorp has been molting but she has this spot on her back that has been totally bare for about 6 weeks with no signs of new feathers. There are new feathers coming in around it so maybe I'm just not being patient enough. Thoughts?
     
  2. DancingWthDucks

    DancingWthDucks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC :)

    How large is the bald area? It could be that she is being feather pecked by the other hens.....
     
  3. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    Do you have a rooster? Could he be over-mating this hen?

    Have you hung around your flock and observed their behavior? Could the others be picking the new blood feathers out of this hen's back as fast as they grow in?

    Have you inspected for parasites in your flock? Mites can cause bald patches.
     
  4. cmurray

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  5. cmurray

    cmurray New Egg

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    I've never seen the others pecking at her, although I don't watch them all the time. I do have a rooster that mates with her. He doesn't seem to be overly aggressive, but maybe? She's the only one with the problem so I didn't think of mites. I can inspect their coop more closely.
     
  6. rebrascora

    rebrascora Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you notice the feathers on the back of her neck are also missing. Those two areas both showing feather damage indicate she is being over mated probably by a juvenile rooster.
     
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  7. cmurray

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    Yes, they're all young (hatched in the spring). She does seem to be the rooster's favorite. What's the solution? A saddle?
     
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    rebrascora Chillin' With My Peeps

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  9. DancingWthDucks

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    Yes a hen saddle/ apron would be a good solution. How many cockerals and pullets do you have together? Too many cockerels to the amount of pullets can cause overmating.
     
  10. cmurray

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    4 pullets & 1 cockerel
     

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