|Sad, naked belly.|
But this summer, she got extra naked. She lost a lot of feathers around her butt and belly and we got a little nervous. She hasn't really had a good molt in her life so I thought that's what it was at first, but it's taken a long time for her to grow them back. We checked her over and over for mites or lice or fleas, but didn't find anything, and assumed that wasn't the problem since the other girls are fine.
|In contrast: Elsa's super fluffy belly.|
Some other opinions were contact dermatitis from her bedding, plucking by other hens in the flock, a fungal infection, and red mites. I doubt it's plucking since she's chicken #2 and the area where the bareness is. Unfortunately, there was a lot of discussion boards on the topic with very little answers; just a lot of people talking about it and suggesting possible solutions. Basically, not super helpful stuff.
But since her feather loss spread to other parts of her body (neck and butt,) I researched molting. Molting can take from one to six weeks, depending on the hen. It could be that she did go through a molt, which made it worse, but that doesn't solve the original baldness problem.
|Why Frannie? Why?|
I'll keep you updated on our little lady.