Hello! I’d appreciate some advice. Almost overnight my hen’s feathers were missing from her back. I thought it was aggressive hen pecking. I showed it to the local feed store and they suggested it was a fungus and recommended Blu Kote. I’ve been spraying this now for 3 days...I am not sure if it even is fungus. Can anyone help me identify this? She is a Russian Orloff, born end of March. She is also missing her neck/wattle feathers (beard). Those have been missing for some time now. Thanks for the help!
There is another reason why feathers can suddenly go missing so cleanly from a chicken's back. Hawk attack.
Had this hen been out free ranging before you noticed this bald back? I had a young hen survive a hawk attack, and I know it was a hawk because she was just outside my bedroom slider when the attack happened. Feathers exploded everywhere, and I was sure I'd just lost a hen.