Missing feathers on top of head

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by beachnutx6, Feb 1, 2015.

  1. beachnutx6

    beachnutx6 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a 9 month old Dominique who I noticed had a patch on back of neck where feathers are gone and then today, the top of her head looks like she's been shaved? Can other chickens peck feathers here??
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  2. Fancypants1

    Fancypants1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OMG my BR has the same thing going on on her head. Someone told me it was pecking, but I have not noticed anyone pecking at her.

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  3. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, other chickens can peck feathers on the top of a bird's head. That is also a common place for feather loss if you have an overmating rooster. However, to me, it looks more like your hen is beginning to molt. Molting is pretty normal at this time of year, and it often begins with feathers being lost from around the head. The hard, quill looking feather things on your hen's neck appear to be growing feathers.
     
  4. Suzie

    Suzie Overrun With Chickens

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    Do you have a Rooster ?

    If so that is likely to be the reason...
     

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