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Possible winter molting?

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Hello, hoping for some thoughts here. I have 14 layers a year old and 1 rooster. I watch over them like a hawk. Today I noticed one of my Black Copper Marans missing a whole patch of feathers on her neck! My first thought was molt? But it is mid Feb here and has been really cold. This happened within the last 2 days. I am now noticing a couple of the other hens with what appears to be the start of a molt. I'm attaching a couple of pics. I couldn't get a good one of the BCM where it shows the back of the neck. The odd thing is she still has the "quills" sticking out, just no feather on the end. Is that what a molt looks like? I've not had a hen go through one before. I just want to make sure that this is what is going on. No evidence of mites or bugs or anything like that. They are on a layer feed and have a large fenced in run, and I also let them out into the garden about once a day. Any ideas/suggestions? Thanks in advance. PS. She hasn't been laying for over a week!

Beginning farmer, Feathered Fox Farm, Rutherfordton, NC. Mom to wonder farm dog Galen and 18 clucky chickens!
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Beginning farmer, Feathered Fox Farm, Rutherfordton, NC. Mom to wonder farm dog Galen and 18 clucky chickens!
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I was able to get a close up picture.

 

Beginning farmer, Feathered Fox Farm, Rutherfordton, NC. Mom to wonder farm dog Galen and 18 clucky chickens!
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Beginning farmer, Feathered Fox Farm, Rutherfordton, NC. Mom to wonder farm dog Galen and 18 clucky chickens!
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Those look like new feathers growing in.  Sometimes the rooster pulls out feathers on the back of the hens heads or necks during mating.  At their age I'd expect they'll molt end of this summer or fall. 

wife to long suffering husband who has built more miles of fence, barns, coops and enclosures then one man should have to, two teenage boys, current flock of 13 assorted hens, 1 big red roo and a list of other assorted farm animals. 
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wife to long suffering husband who has built more miles of fence, barns, coops and enclosures then one man should have to, two teenage boys, current flock of 13 assorted hens, 1 big red roo and a list of other assorted farm animals. 
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Yep, looks like new feathers.

If you gently pick(preen) at the 'quill'.....the outer sheath of quill will come off.

The new neck feathers take longer to unsheath because they can't reach them with their beaks to preen if off themselves. 

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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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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