Rooster with bald spot on breast bone

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Jemma Rider, Dec 8, 2017.

  1. Jemma Rider

    Jemma Rider Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I recently noticed a bald spot on my roosters brest bone where all of the feathers are missing, he is molting but there aren't any pin feathers or anything around it so i think it's something else. He is a six month old black cooper marans rooster, he's not quite mature yet, not crowing or mounting the hens yet. I hold him more then the others since he's a rooster could it be me who accidentally pulled his feathers out, or has he plucked himself. They have a dustbath in their run but they never use it they only dustbathe in my dads flower bed when i let them all out. The skin isn't irritated and he always sleeps on the roosts, i say that because i read they can lose feathers if they sleep on the floor. He doesn't seem bothered by it and I'm checking it for frost bite, it's very small, not red or any odd color, and otherwise he acts completely normal and healthy. I don't really know what i can do to help the feathers grow back if they even can until the next molt. Really I'm just worried he's plucking his own feathers.
     
  2. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

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    Pic please? Not likely, but could he be resting his chest on the roost bar? Is it over his crop?
     
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  3. EggSighted4Life

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    Hi.

    He is not likely plucking his own feathers.

    I have seen plenty a bird with bare keel bones from sitting on roost all night.

    6 month old bird molting?? I guess I have seen mini molts in young birds.

    When my birds spar they jump at each other with feet forward and kicking at the chest area.

    Definitely a pic will help to see what king of damage it is.

    I'm not sure why you hold him more than the others... you MIGHT be creating a little demon who attacks you once he starts mating. Hard to believe a 6 month old Marans isn't trying to mate yet. But I know all are individuals. Is he not with a group that grew up together?

    Please tell us how many birds you have in how much space and what you feed including treats and supplements. And how long have you had him?
     
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  4. lazy gardener

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    Good points and good questions.
     
  5. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    Yeah...I agree with other replies...I don't think you have an issue medically or parasites...Also do not hold or cuddle him...Too many times they get set up for failure..Maturing Cockerels should be taught to respect your space...
     
  6. Jemma Rider

    Jemma Rider Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah it's not like a full blown molt he's just losing feathers hear and there but the new feathers grow in really quickly. I have another cockeral that he spars with some times, the other cock is going to someone else this weekend but neither of them ever hurt each other since they were raised together. He's a real sweetheart, i don't pick him up and smother him with attention or anything but every morning i go out and hold him under my arm while i get food from the others, i also hand feed him a bit then because the girls are pretty rough on him.
    He grew up with the other cockeral, but his other siblings and his mom were killed by a fox when he was with his old owner, the hens are all a year old.
    I have four hens and two cockerals, the other cock is leaving this weekend and I'm getting more hens in march. I gave them probiotics and electrolytes in their water for a week because one of them had a problem with crop impaction which was corrected. As for treats i give them cracked corn and sunflower seeds but i mix them with layers pellets since i give them a lot of treats when they return back to the run after free ranging.
    I've had all of the chickens for three months now and i bought them all together with the coop they were living in originally, the coop is twenty five square feet and as for the run i have no idea, it's just huge.
     
  7. Jemma Rider

    Jemma Rider Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its below his crop, i can try to get a picture when they return to their run for a snack they are all out right now and i try to leave them alone as much as i can while they forage.
     
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  8. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    My only word of caution is stop hand feeding him or picking him up...You say you like him so don't allow that anymore..You might quickly regret treating him as a pet...
     
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  9. EggSighted4Life

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    I would lay off the treats some. Sounds like unbalanced nutrition in the making. Which WILL lead to health and behavioral issues.

    Will you be expanding your coop when you add more "hens"? Will they be hens or chicks?
     
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  10. Jemma Rider

    Jemma Rider Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll expand, we're starting with chicks next time.
     

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