Should i be worried about this?

Heffalump

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Got some rescue hens about a month/6 wks ago. One in particular has a strip of feather loss across the back of their neck. I didn't think twice about it as all of the rescue hens I've ever had (probably about a dozen now) have come to me with very patchy feathers.

However today i noticed that my australorp has a similar looking patch in the same position on the back of her neck. Is this just a coincidence or could it be something else?

Apologies for the poor photos of the australorp, she hates being handled.
 

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coach723

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That is a common place for rooster damage, the rooster hangs on with his beak there while he mounts. Sometimes, if there is no rooster, a dominant hen will do mounting behavior. If it's not that, which what it really looks like to me, then it's probably feather picking, and may be happening on the roosts when they go in at dark. Some observation should answer if that is happening.
 

Heffalump

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Aug 18, 2018
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Northern Ireland
That is a common place for rooster damage, the rooster hangs on with his beak there while he mounts. Sometimes, if there is no rooster, a dominant hen will do mounting behavior. If it's not that, which what it really looks like to me, then it's probably feather picking, and may be happening on the roosts when they go in at dark. Some observation should answer if that is happening.


Thank you.
 

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