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NOT broody and has bare patch on her belly...possible causes?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by lowry075, Jan 16, 2012.

  1. lowry075

    lowry075 Songster

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    Hi, I tried searching for this under old posts but all responses seemed for broodies. My hen isn't displaying broody behavior at all and she has been missing belly feathers for a few months. I had thought she was molting, but she seems fully feathered everywhere else. What would be some other reasons for this bald area?
     

  2. lowry075

    lowry075 Songster

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    Insert sound of crickets here...anyone?
     
  3. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Songster

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    Does she roost over night or sleep on the floor of her coop/ground, etc? Also, have you searched her closely for mites/lice. You'll need to examine the feather shafts closest to the skin to find egg clusters and/or adult lice.
     
  4. lowry075

    lowry075 Songster

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    Thank you, I will check her out. She roosts up on a beam. Wouldn't the other hens have this issue as well though?
     

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