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Missing Neck Feathers

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by hawkeyext, Nov 28, 2016.

  1. hawkeyext

    hawkeyext Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 5, 2016
    New York

    I have one chicken in a flock of 33 that has missing neck feathers. I read in a few other threads that the culprit could be pecking (boredom/aggression), lice/mites, or molting. With this photo can anyone tell which it is?

    She's a golden comet, and they free-range all day. We feed them Blue Seal organic layer pellets. She's almost a year old. The others all seem fine. We did have a lice issue with at least one a few weeks ago and used permethrin dust on all the chicks, their bath areas, and the coop.

    Any advice is appreciated.

    Thank you.

  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    She is molting - see the little pin feathers starting to appear?
  3. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2016
    NW Missouri
    Looks like normal molting to me.
  4. mattscoop

    mattscoop Just Hatched

    Nov 21, 2016
  5. Fluffers

    Fluffers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes, she is molting. This is normal for chickens, they will lose their feathers in fall, growing back new ones for winter. See those little toothpick like things coming from her neck? Those are new feathers. They will push out and get bigger.[​IMG]

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