Feather picking after lost companion

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Melschen, Jan 17, 2017.

  1. Melschen

    Melschen Out Of The Brooder

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    We had two blue copper marans, Maude and Margeaux. They were inseperable since they hatched. We lost Maude on Christmas day. Margeaux was depressed and stopped laying for about two weeks after. She seems somewhat improved now, but still quiet and on her own most of the time. Yesterday afternoon I noticed that most of the feathers have been picked out of her neck. Would the other birds be picking on her because she's so subdued? Anything I can do? I'm worried about her. [​IMG]
     
  2. I Love Layers

    I Love Layers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have noticed that birds who don't really hang out with the rest of the Flock do get picked on more. Im not sure what you can do to help, usually after a while they will start hanging out with the Flock more and more after a while
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Loss of a flock member can cause pecking order changes.

    That looks like new feathers growing in....so could be a partial molt.
    How old is she?
    Have you seen the other birds pecking at her?
     
  4. Melschen

    Melschen Out Of The Brooder

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    She's about 10 months old and those are feather shafts. There are lots of half gray feathers in the run. No, I didn't catch anyone doing it, but she was fine for the morning free range and then they were gone in the afternoon.
     
  5. I Love Layers

    I Love Layers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do yiu have ducks? Mine always grab my hens therr
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Neck molt...I have a couple 10 months olds doing that right now, looks like they are wearing spike collars-haha!
    Google pin feathers.
     
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  7. Melschen

    Melschen Out Of The Brooder

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    No ducks and just one roo for the 15 hens, so he's not been an issue. Never heard of a neck molt or molting at all so early. Learn something new and I sure hope that's what it is.
     
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  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Yep, they can molt before the 'usual' 18 months.
    Have had several doing it this year and in the past.
    Also read of many others.
    It's often a partial molt or just the neck rather than the whole body.
     

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