One of my Rhode Island Red Has large bare spot picked on her back

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Hudson, Dec 27, 2010.

  1. Hudson

    Hudson Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 14, 2009
    I have 10 hens and 1 rooster in a 8'x8' coop. Lately I have noticed that one of my hens has a bare spot down to her skin about the area of a tennis ball. I have read on these forums about covering her back with tape. I have also thought about seperating her but have nowhere I can put her. She seems to stay in one of the nesting boxes alot so I have put food in there for her and she is happily eating. Today when she did get down I saw my only rooster attempt to mount her so I suspect that it is him and not other hens pecking at her. I live in Georgia where the coldest it has been getting is 21 degrees at night. I put extra bedding in the nesting box to hopefully keep her warm. The only way that I can seperate her totally would be to put her in a dog crate in my garage. Th garage is warmer than the coop but I wonder what the isolation would do to her, also what the effects would be when I eventually return her to the flock. I don't want to get rid of the rooster unless I have to since he does seem to protect his hens and seems to take that seriously. If I do seperate her roughly what amount of time does it take for her feathers to grow back. My chickens are approaching 2 years old (in April) and this is the first time that that this has happended. I have seen bare spots in the past but not to this extent and also not in the winter. Thanks for any info! Tape or isolation???
    Jon in Atlanta
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2010
  2. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2009
    SouthEast Texas
    Welcome to BYC.

    It sounds to me like your girl is simply the rooster's favorite girl. I would not isolate her unless she is badly injured. I would get or make her an apron/saddle to cover the area. There are folks here on BYC who make them to sell, and there are several patterns you can find online by googling. I am working on taking care of the same thing for a couple of my girls. They're apparently very lovable. [​IMG] [​IMG]
  3. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

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  4. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    Between my rough roo and a recent feather picking mania in one of my hens I have several girls with bare spots. I made some of the no-sew fleece saddles that can be found here. I've been using them for a while on the roo's favorite girls, but I made some new ones for the bare spots on the others. They are great. They can be a little tricky to get the fit right on the first time, but after having made several at this point I am practically a pro. I'd go that route or the tape route before I'd separate because of the challenges of re-integration after separation.

    Link to saddle patterns:

    Good luck.
  5. tripleerancher

    tripleerancher New Egg

    Dec 26, 2010
    I have the same problem, but do not have a rooster. Could another hen be pecking on one of my girls. In addition to the bald spot on her back directly behind her tail, she has a bald spot on her bottom. Any suggestions?
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2010
  6. pontoosuc

    pontoosuc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 9, 2010
    Richmond, MA
    I started with 3 buttercups, now 2 of the dominiques. no rooster. 16 hens.
  7. tripleerancher

    tripleerancher New Egg

    Dec 26, 2010
    I've got a similar size menagerie (including the patient husband), but have 8 Tennesee Walkers that rarely are ridden, plus two donkeys and cows including pet longhorns. Love all my pets![​IMG]

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