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Head and neck feathers white at roots

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by anlawrence, Nov 11, 2013.

  1. anlawrence

    anlawrence Out Of The Brooder

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    My otherwise healthy and happy hen seems to be showing head and neck feathers that are white at the root. She is no particular breed (she came from a local farm so is kind of a mix) but is her colouring is golden brown rather like a Buff Orpington.

    Any ideas what this could be? She's pretty hard to catch but when I have observed her close up while feeding on treats I cannot see anything that would suggest lice etc. Her vent area and the rest of her seems fine. It's just the head area.

    Grateful for any thoughts/advice.

    Warm regards
    Angie
    Isle of Man
    Great Britain
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    anlawrence Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for responding Judy. No I can't see anything like that (phew!) AND I am wearing my new glasses![​IMG] All her other feathers seem lovely, strong and shiny and she has a particularly fine set of tail feathers following a soft moult.
    Her appetite is fine and she is lively enough (although has not laid an egg for some weeks but I am not surprised due to the low light levels here and the afore-mentioned soft moult.

    Thanks for taking the trouble to find that interesting article for me!

    Angie
     
  4. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I'm so glad!

    Maybe it has to do with her genetics, then. That is one subject I know absolutely nothing about!
     
  5. anlawrence

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    UH-OH! Took the opportunity of checking Betty more closely today and she DOES have some spiky quills on her head which COULD be lice I guess. Her pal Margo also has some whitish feathers. The two new girls show no signs - as yet.

    I guess a touch of lice spray would not hurt. I don't fancy the method of putting Betty in a garbage bag with powder in and dusting her down by shaking the bag - sounds a bit traumatic for both of us! Sort of Shake without the Bake [​IMG]

    Thanks again for responding.

    Warm regards
    Angie
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