Hen plucking self???

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by pattycake, Mar 3, 2009.

  1. pattycake

    pattycake Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I noticed recently that my three Golden Comets were looking kind of scruffy -- as if they were beginning to moult, but they're not even a year old yet so I doubt it's that. And the front of one hen's neck is totally bald! My other hens get bald backs and broodies get bald bellies... but I've never seen a bald neck.

    She must be plucking her own feathers out, but why? Lice, boredom, or what?

    Any ideas?

    The only unusual situation in my coop is that they've been shut up for more than usual, since it's been so cold and windy (windchill below zero). Also, I've been keeping the heat lamp on at night so maybe the lack of darkness is stressing them?
     
  2. dave_Cash69

    dave_Cash69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    maybe your rooster is doing it?
     
  3. pattycake

    pattycake Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmm... maybe... though I'd think the rooster would pluck out the feathers on the back of her neck, not the front!
     
  4. dave_Cash69

    dave_Cash69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sorry
    didnt read that part, ah
     

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