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My 3 year old hen is loosing feathers around  the neck and Vent. I examined her carefully, no sign of mites or lice the skin looks pink and healthy just no feathers. She's eating and drinking. She does shake her head a lot as if trying to shake something off. Around her neck there are lot's of nubby looking, short "beginning of new feathers"?

Any ideas, suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

 

Tarja

 

p.s. We also recently had a hen with maggots, she's all better now, her butt is healing nicely. This does not look like maggot problem.

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Hello there and welcome to BYC! :frow

 

Sounds like she is molting, a process of replacing all the old feathers and growing new ones. Fall is molting season for adult birds. They usually start at the head and vent areas first. All those newly growing feathers are called "pin feathers". They contain a blood supply to grow the feather. As the feather grows, the bird will preen off all that "skin" you see on the growing feather. When the feather is done growing in, the blood supply is shut off and it is now a new feather. From the head, next will be the shoulders, wing and finally tail.

 

If you are still concerned, post a picture up here so we can have a look see.

 

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Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul. ~Emily Dickinson~

 

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Thank you so for the speedy reply! 

This makes me feel better!

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Glad you joined the Backyard chickens flock Tarja,  hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

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Hello Tarja!

Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to joined the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC.
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Thank you so much! I'm so glad to be a part of this friendly and knowledgeable group of people!

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