Hen loosing feathers

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by tarja15, Oct 23, 2015.

  1. tarja15

    tarja15 In the Brooder

    Oct 20, 2015
    My 3 year old hen is loosing feathers around the neck and Vent. I examined her carefully, no sign of mites or lice the skin looks pink and healthy just no feathers. She's eating and drinking. She does shake her head a lot as if trying to shake something off. Around her neck there are lot's of nubby looking, short "beginning of new feathers"?
    Any ideas, suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


    p.s. We also recently had a hen with maggots, she's all better now, her butt is healing nicely. This does not look like maggot problem.

  2. 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]

    Sounds like she is molting, a process of replacing all the old feathers and growing new ones. Fall is molting season for adult birds. They usually start at the head and vent areas first. All those newly growing feathers are called "pin feathers". They contain a blood supply to grow the feather. As the feather grows, the bird will preen off all that "skin" you see on the growing feather. When the feather is done growing in, the blood supply is shut off and it is now a new feather. From the head, next will be the shoulders, wing and finally tail.

    If you are still concerned, post a picture up here so we can have a look see.

    Great to have you aboard and welcome to our flock! :)
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  4. tarja15

    tarja15 In the Brooder

    Oct 20, 2015
    Thank you so for the speedy reply!
    This makes me feel better!
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Glad you joined the Backyard chickens flock Tarja, hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
  6. Frindizzle

    Frindizzle Guitar Girl <3 Premium Member

    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]
  7. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    Hello Tarja!
    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to joined the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC.

  8. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Songster

    Aug 4, 2013
    Midwest America
    Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!

  9. tarja15

    tarja15 In the Brooder

    Oct 20, 2015
    Thank you so much! I'm so glad to be a part of this friendly and knowledgeable group of people!

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