Balding chicken head

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Peepchirpquack, Feb 6, 2015.

  1. Peepchirpquack

    Peepchirpquack Songster

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    I have noticed that my hen's head has been balding. I don't think it is from other chickens pecking her, because she is at the top of the pecking order.[​IMG]
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  2. MrsBrooke

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    Do you have a rooster?

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  3. ChickenCanoe

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    Do you have a rooster?
     
  4. MrsBrooke

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    Jinx! :)

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  5. Peepchirpquack

    Peepchirpquack Songster

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    I saw her lay an egg :)
     
  6. MrsBrooke

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    Yes, but do you keep a rooster on your property?

    If a rooster treads a hen, he will grab the feathers on/around her head ad he does so = potential feather loss.

    Also check for external parasites around her earlobes. :)

    MrsB
     
  7. Peepchirpquack

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    We do not own a rooster. I will check for parasites
     
  8. Peepchirpquack

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    I didn't see any parasites
     
  9. Peepchirpquack

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    Could she be molting?
     
  10. ChickenCanoe

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    Molt doesn't look like that and if you're in the Northern hemisphere, wrong time of year. She's not losing feathers elsewhere.
    Perhaps she got into a spat with another hen and was scalped.
     

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