Silkie lost feathers on head!

gabz44

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Update: now two of my silkies are bald :(

I just noticed one of my silkies has lost all her feathers on the top front half of her head! I don't see mites, haven't seen other larger chickens picking at her but of course that's possible. After noticing this, I then saw that my 2 other silkies have a slight case of this too but not as severe as my splash. Is it possible that because I've been feeding them watermelon that their feathers are all wet from it ( I have noticed wet pink feathers by their face) that the larger chickens are pecking at them ??? see pic
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Eggcessive

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Many chickens with poofy head feathers will get their feathers pecked out by the other chickens. Polish chickens and silkies can be especially prone to this. With my polish chickens, I used BluKote spray on the bare spots every 2-3 days. Nustock cream also found in feedstores, is an alternative to BluKote, and is bad tasting and opaque to hide the spots.
 

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