Help! chicken losing neck feathers

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by meganc80, Jan 20, 2015.

  1. meganc80

    meganc80 New Egg

    Jan 20, 2015
    My Plymouth Barr is losing neck feathers. The quills are still in place and the other 6 ladies look healthy; though their combs are not bright red. I attribute that too the very cold temperatures we've been having here in NY, however that's just a guess.

    Can we have mites or lice in just one bird and in 20-30 degree temperatures?
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2015
  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] We're glad you joined us!

    Your hen is probably molting, which is relatively normal at this time of year (even in cold temperatures). You can help her feathers grow in better by feeding a higher protein feed (like gamebird feed), or supplementing with black oil sunflower seeds, scrambled eggs, or mealworms. Even without extra help, though, your hen should still be able to molt fine.

    External parasites are a small possibility, but I think they are less likely than molting. However, just to be safe, you could get some Sevin dust or another poultry mite/lice dust or spray and treat your entire flock.

    Good luck with your birds!
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Do they look like they are all broken and stripped a bit..just ragged looking? If so this is most likely aggression especially during treats time. Watch next time when you throw out some treats and see if she is not chased and grabbed at the neck feathers. This breaks these off easily. I have a few birds with ragged necks for this sort of behavior.

    As for the pale "combs", if these birds are 2 or more years old, they may be coming out of a molt which causes pale faces, combs and wattles. So can being over loaded with worms. If my birds need wormed, I find it is best to do it during molting season when they aren't laying.

    If you still feel there is an issue, you can post in our emergency section too...

    Good luck with your bird and I hope all turns out well! :)
  4. TamingMaster

    TamingMaster Overrun With Chickens

    She could be moulting, however to properly identify the problem we'd need to see some pictures.
  5. TamingMaster

    TamingMaster Overrun With Chickens

  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    Bantamlover21 and Two Crows have already given you some good advice.[​IMG]
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  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
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  9. meganc80

    meganc80 New Egg

    Jan 20, 2015
    They look stripped, maybe broken.

    Thanks for all the input, I'll try to snap a picture in the morning.
  10. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Good luck!!

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