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Broken feathers

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mountainmama22, Dec 23, 2016.

  1. mountainmama22

    mountainmama22 New Egg

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    Hi I'm new to the chicken world. I have a flock of five chickens who exclusively free range. They refuse to sleep in their coop and roost in a big tree in front of our house. We have three acres and a big field next to us so they have plenty of space to forage. I noticed yesterday that one of my hens has what looks like broken feathers on the back of her neck. I haven't been able to pick her up to inspect super close, but the stems of the feathers are still there. I don't think it's mites or lice because she is the only one who has this problem. And I don't think we have a rooster but at the same time I do have an Americana that I have never seen an egg from. They are supposed to be green or blue right? I only get brown eggs. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. [​IMG]
     
  2. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC!!![​IMG].It appears she is beginning to molt.Is she acting normal?
     
  3. mountainmama22

    mountainmama22 New Egg

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    Yes she has been acting totally normal. Is it a weird time for her to molt? We are in Utah with temps in the 20s at night. Also I forgot to add she is around nine months old.
     
  4. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    As far as the eggs, "Americana" means Easter Egger and they can lay any color. Ameraucanas, a less common and more expensive breed lays blue.
     
  5. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pretty uncommon but it could happen.
     
  6. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Those look like growing feather shafts to me. She's probably molting; it can happen at any time of year, especially in younger birds.
     

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