Most of our girls are holding their own against the cold, but our poor easter-eggers seem to be having a little more trouble, or at least I think it's the cold. They seem to be going bald. Not in the shaggy, messy, moulting kind of way, in the patches that look like something you got at the butcher's counter kind of way.
I have scoured them looking for mites of some kind, and they just aren't there. Also, It's only the easter eggers, so I'm left to wonder if it isn't stress from the cold. The patches near their tail feathers they probably did themselves, but the patches around the neck I have seen them doing to each other.
Poor girls. Such an inappropriate stress response. I hate seeing them like that.
They're by far our most beautiful girls and, despite their feather condition, they're currently doing most of the laying.
I went to Tractor Supply Company, and Agway. Neither sells any balm specifically for chickens and it's a risk giving them something medicated that wasn't intended for Chickens, since they're so small. Instead I've been applying bag balm, which is basically just lanolin. It does seem to have helped a little.
This week we also finally got a heated waterer, which should lower the stress of the cold on them. I'm still leery of putting a heat lamp out there because It can actually have the opposite affect.