I have some hens that have had no feathers on the middle of their backs since the rooster began his mating rituals. I know some of this is due to molting and most of it due to our roosters constant mating with them. Not all of our birds have this problem. I think he has these chosen favorites that he frequents on a regular basis. I dont see any signs of new feathers replacing the old ones. I am beginning to belive that as long as I have a rooster in the house, these birds will never get their feathers back! I had plans to show 2 of these girls this summer and I dont think that is going to happen. This is our first year and winter with birds and we dont know much about molting and mating. Are their backs common to bare spots during molting, or is it the roosters mating that is causing this? Can we ever expect these birds to get their feathers back?