Losing feathers on head

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Grammahen, Nov 21, 2009.

  1. Grammahen

    Grammahen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 1 Silkie hen that is losing feathers on her head only. She looks worse everyday. I treated for lice/mites twice recently with poultry powder but she is still losing feathers. I am not seeing anymore lice or mites. I have 4 chickens in all ( 2 golden comets and 1 silkie roo) and the other 3 are fine. She is not losing feathers anywhere else and is not being picked on. They were born in March so I don't think it is a molt. Can anyone help?
     
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2009
  2. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Overzealous rooster?
     
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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  4. Grammahen

    Grammahen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmmmm... Thanks Ridgerunner. According to the first link she may be in early molt. (?) ...but I am not seeing any feathers come in yet. Is this normal?
     
  5. Portia

    Portia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 2 pullets in an early partial molt. Their necks are all scraggly and they have lost some of their tail feathers; but nothing at all like my hens that are just recovering from their full molts.
     
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I agree with Ridge. Sounds like the start of a molt.
     

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