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Feather loss behind ears - is it molting?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by austradork, May 13, 2010.

  1. austradork

    austradork In the Brooder

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    Hello chicken people,

    Last night I noticed that my dear australorp Harriet is losing feathers behind her ears. The feather loss is symmetrical on both sides of her head. My first thought was that she was molting, but my initial research leads me to believe that something else is going on because 1) it's May (from what I read, chickens don't molt in the springtime) and 2) her egg production hasn't slowed down (I hear this happens concurrently to molting). Plus, none of our other four chickens are experiencing feather loss, including another australorp. Besides the missing feathers, Harriet is doing fine. She's eating, drinking, as active as ever, and like I mentioned before, still laying.

    Does anyone have any ideas as to what's going on? Maybe she's just confused about the time of year and she actually is molting? In case it makes a difference, she's about a year old.
     
  2. KellyHM

    KellyHM Crowing

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    Are they any tiny white dots on the feather shafts? Mites/lice can make the feathers fall out or the chickens pluck them out. Or she may be getting picked on by someone else?
     
  3. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Those ideas, and also, do you have a rooster?


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  4. austradork

    austradork In the Brooder

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    Nope, no rooster! We just have girlies.
     
  5. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Well then, need a rooster? I have plenty!


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  6. austradork

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    I wish, ranchhand! As it is, we already have 5 hens, which is 2 more than the legal limit in Seattle. Shhhhhh! Don't turn us in! [​IMG]
     

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