Runty is my little phoenix hen that is on the bottom of the pecking list. She's so meek. She's about 6.5 months old. For the past month or so when I leave the house in the morning it's dark and when I get home from work it's dark. I count the chickens roosting then shut them up for the night after doing the chores. On rare days when I'm home I see the girls. Either way I haven't noticed anything awry in the past month except that Runty moved from her regular roost to the other side of the coop that has a roost that no one else uses. I figured she was just happy to be alone and not picked on at all at night, and doesn't appreciate when I put another chicken up there for company. I guess I'm a bad mom because I didn't notice until today (when I got home from work 30 minutes early and all the girls were still outside) that Runty is bald(ish) on her head. Even near her eyes and on her chin. Here's a picture of her from Thanksgiving and that's how she usually looks to me when I see her, all fluffed up and alone: I guess I should have noticed earlier that she's bald. How could I have missed this? I picked her up today and took a close look and it kinda looks like pin feathers but just on her head. I'm assuming another chicken pecked at Runty to cause this? Other thoughts that have crossed my mind but are less plausible: I do have a rooster but I've never seen him on Runty... but would he take all of her face feathers?? Is it possible she's molting but just in one spot?? Here's another from Thanksgiving: Any thoughts on what this is and how to manage it?