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Feather loss on head

post #1 of 6
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Hi,

One of my hens went through a normal moult but has since lost her feathers on her head. I thought she was just still going through a bit of a late moult but I noticed today the feathers don't seem to be growing back and now there are red spots.

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Edited by Bantie3 - 12/5/15 at 11:15pm
post #2 of 6

She might be being picked on by her flock mates....or have mites/lice.

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

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post #3 of 6
Let me get this straight, your December corresponds to North America's May? Therefor I think that the marks on your hen's head are love bites from her male friend, the rooster.
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post #4 of 6
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Correct.  I'm in the southern hemisphere so summer has just started.  No rooster though.  I don't think this is pecking though as there is no blood.

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Correct.  I'm in the southern hemisphere so summer has just started.  No rooster though.  I don't think this is pecking though as there is no blood.

Pecking, or feather picking, doesn't always cause bleeding...at first, or ever. 

Could be an insect bites or some sort of growth.....hard to tell from the pic.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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post #6 of 6

Looks like pecking from a flock mate to me. As the feathers try to grow back they look different and end up attracting attention. That makes them a prime re-pluck option for the others.

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