My hen has bald spots on her neck and leg. Help!?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by mjcranfo, Feb 18, 2016.

  1. mjcranfo

    mjcranfo New Egg

    Feb 18, 2016
    Hello Everyone,

    I'm new to this site and am 6 months into my first little flock oh hens (7 black sexlinks). About two weeks ago, I started noticing that all but one of the girls was starting to show signs of picking at the base of the spine in front of the tail. A few of the girls have been picked up their backs and a bit under their wings. I got some pick stopping cream from TS, and so far, I haven't seen any blood.

    My question is this. The hen that, up to this point, I have always thought was the most mature of the group, is starting to show bald patches in strange areas. Specifically, the underside of her neck is now bald, and the side of her leg also has a quarter-sizes bald spot. Neither place is red, and other than the size of the area growing a bit, it isn't getting "worse." No blood or signs of infection. Any thoughts?
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    They could be picking at each other or doing an early molt.
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    If they are picking at each other, first guess would be the hen with no bald spots., is doing the damage. Or they are molting and she is slower to do so. Spend some time observing them and you may find your answer quickly. Have you checked them all for lice or mites?
  4. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Alright [​IMG] great to have you joining the BYC flock [​IMG]

    You have two of the best people above giving you some great advice and for better instruction please post some photos when asking questions [​IMG]
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - ditto on gander007's sentiments. You have great advice so I'll just say a big hello!

    All the best

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by