Bare feather tips?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Jeffross1968, Oct 24, 2011.

  1. Jeffross1968

    Jeffross1968 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2011
    Smoky Mountains
    Below are a couple pictures of one of my not-yet-laying hens. We've noticed lately that there are feather tips with no plumage (is that the word) on her head and neck. We had two brown leghorns we had to cull recently who had the same thing. They had both been sickly for a while. This hen seems perfectly healthy, is probably just now about 18-20 weeks old, and hopefully will lay soon!

    Is this an issue? What exactly am I looking at?

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  2. GAchick

    GAchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's just new feathers growing in. They are covered with a keratin sheath until they are grown out. It will crumble off, and a full feather will emerge.


    ETA: it's like thin fingernail material. Crumbles easily. If you are holding a chicken, you can even crumble it between your fingertips.
     
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2011
  3. StarLover21

    StarLover21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, very normal. I think they're called pinfeathers.
     
  4. Jeffross1968

    Jeffross1968 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2011
    Smoky Mountains
    Good to hear, thanks!!!
     

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