Losing feathers

Ravenseye

Chirping
12 Years
Dec 30, 2008
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Pepperell, MA
I have a Red Star that's lost her feathers around about 3/4 of her neck. You only notice it when she sticks her neck way out. She's also somewhat more mottled looking than usual so I'm wondering if she's molting. I don't know her exact age but we bought her just as she started laying and that was back in May. Should I be worried about something else? Any advice?

Thanks!
 

omelette'smom

Songster
11 Years
Sep 9, 2008
452
2
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New Hampshire
Are there feathers missing out of her backside? Do you have a rooster that's maybe an aggressive mater? He'll rip out feathers as he's trying to mount. Just check for mites too. Maybe someone else will have advice.
 

Ridgerunner

Crossing the Road
12 Years
Feb 2, 2009
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DianeB

Songster
12 Years
Mar 12, 2009
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She is probably molting. Molting is suppose to start around the neck and then along the back. Are her feathers longer and unkempt? If you look around the neck and across her back their should be pin like tubs were new feathers are growing in. I'll post a picture latter of one of my hens.

I wasn't sure if my hens are molting. It is only their first year and I was told they wouldn't molt until next year. But, sure enough, they are. There is starting to be feathers everywhere. My NH red is the worst.

DB
 

Ravenseye

Chirping
12 Years
Dec 30, 2008
72
15
96
Pepperell, MA
I have no roosters so it's not that. Dark now, but I'll check for mites and those feather tubes as well. Thanks everyone!
 
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