Bald spot on thighs

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Hello. We have one of our sheep that recently developed bald spots in the outside of each thigh. The skin isn't red or irritated, and she is acting normally otherwise. I can't figure out what the deal is and what actions I need to take with regards to her and the rest of the herd. Here are some pictures to help.

Thank you in advance for any help you can offer.
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Looks like she has been rubbing on something, and rubbed the wool off. You can check for keds.
That was my thought when it was on one side, but with both I thought she may have been pulling at it with her mouth.

Thanks for the fast reply. She recently had a stillborn lamb and I didn't know if she was stressed and biting her wool.
 

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Agree with rubbing....other thoughts, any mites? Recent lambing, is a ram with them? Could be him. I'd spray it with something -- blu coat, gold Listerine, etc.
There are a few rams with them, mostly younger. We haven't gotten the cross fencing in the main pasture and don't have a reliable way to keep them separate yet.

I'll get something to spray them with. I'm not sure about mites, but so far it is just this one ewe who is affected.
 

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🙋‍♀️ Am I the only one here that had to look up what “keds” means? I found out they are also known as “sheep ticks”. Makes a lot more sense to me now!
You're not alone I hadn't heard of it either. I'm fairly new to this though, so that may not mean much.
 

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🙋‍♀️ Am I the only one here that had to look up what “keds” means? I found out they are also known as “sheep ticks”. Makes a lot more sense to me now!
Live and learn! So much to learn :) and for the record I Duck-Ducked it (the "other" Google) too.
 

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