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    • CommentAuthorgoosegog
    • CommentTimeApr 17th, 2013 7:50am (Apr 17th 2013)
     
    Hello everyone.
    We have six hens of various ages. One of them developed a bald bum a few weeks ago. This has got worse and two other girls have also developed balding bottoms. We can be sure they are still laying and eating well and remain playful with normal activities and no sign of feathers in the coop nor them pecking each other but there is some aggression between a couple of them. Attached are images of Betty who is the worst and the victim of some bullying. She lost all the feathers on her neck in one day yesterday. Can you help please? Thank you.
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    • CommentAuthorgoosegog
    • CommentTimeApr 17th, 2013 7:51am (Apr 17th 2013)
     
    Betty's neck
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 17th, 2013 7:55pm (Apr 17th 2013)
     
    Poor Betty! I can't help I'm afraid, but just wanted to say I love the indignant look on her face at being turned upside down and photographed!

    I hope they all recover soon.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 18th, 2013 5:19pm (Apr 18th 2013)
     
    I was going to say she looks utterly outraged as well, Kate! I think it might just be fighting to establish pecking order, but Red and Neil know a lot about hens, I'm sure they'll be able to help. Do you have a rooster? My rooster is a little overamorous and poor Sinead is consequently bald on her head...but not her bum.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeApr 25th, 2013 12:44pm (Apr 25th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Poor little bald thing! One of ours has bald hocks (if that's the top of the leg / under the wing area), and I've no idea what's caused - hopefully it's just part of the moulting process but no idea.

    The other hens are ok so it's not something catching (I hope!)