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Feather loss on head

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Bantie3, Dec 6, 2015.

  1. Bantie3

    Bantie3 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi,

    One of my hens went through a normal moult but has since lost her feathers on her head. I thought she was just still going through a bit of a late moult but I noticed today the feathers don't seem to be growing back and now there are red spots.

    Thanks
     
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2015
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    She might be being picked on by her flock mates....or have mites/lice.
     
  3. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    Let me get this straight, your December corresponds to North America's May? Therefor I think that the marks on your hen's head are love bites from her male friend, the rooster.
     
  4. Bantie3

    Bantie3 Out Of The Brooder

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    Correct. I'm in the southern hemisphere so summer has just started. No rooster though. I don't think this is pecking though as there is no blood.
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Pecking, or feather picking, doesn't always cause bleeding...at first, or ever.
    Could be an insect bites or some sort of growth.....hard to tell from the pic.
     
  6. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Overrun With Chickens

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    Looks like pecking from a flock mate to me. As the feathers try to grow back they look different and end up attracting attention. That makes them a prime re-pluck option for the others.
     

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