In the Brooder
7 Years
May 22, 2012
Tacoma, Wa
Today we noticed that our barnevelder is missing feathers on the back of her neck. She hasn't been laying even though we have artificial lighting going, and she's a winter layer breed. She's 30 weeks old, to young to molt... Right???
We also noticed the tiniest drop of blood. can't see it in photo. This is what it looks like... Neck downish

Neck up
Feel like such a bad chicken owner! Can't believe we didn't see this till today! Have got no idea how long she's had it. I'm also not sure if she's being pecked since she's one of our original 8. We had to give to roosters away, so we replaced them with 4. We put the babies in with the big girls on the roost bar about 1 and 1/2 weeks ago? She's really been pecking them. So I thought she couldn't have been getting pecked herself?
If she is molting, i think she'll grow these feathers back? But if she's being pecked will she ever get them back??

Thanks for your Help!!!!

Y N dottes

7 Years
Sep 1, 2012
South Central WI
i highly doubt shes being pecked......the chickens of mine that get pecked only lose feather near the tail area, and i think thats usually how it is.
i agree, i always heared molting doesnt begin untill they are a year old, but maybe not...

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