Missing neck feathers

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  1. lauren212

    lauren212 Out Of The Brooder

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    For the past 2 months three of my 5 chickens are missing just the front neck feathers. I checked them for lice and mites and don't see anything. They are only about a year old. Any ideas? I made the pvc pipe food pail for them last year...could they're necks be rubbing on that and causing frictions. But it was fine last year . Some of the feathers look broken around the neck as well. I don't see anyone feathers picking. Have no idea. They aren't growing back either.
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Some chickens go through a neck molt in the spring. If this is the case your birds will start to grow in New feathers soon.

    I have a hen who others pluck her neck feathers out, no clue why, but she's a meek bird.

    They could be rubbing them off. At a year old their feathers are getting old, so potentially more brittle. They should grow back in the fall during the molt.
     
  3. lauren212

    lauren212 Out Of The Brooder

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    It's just under their beaks about an inch down. They won't grow back until the fall then? I had one in Feburary during a mild spell loose tons of feathers in the neck and they grew back in a few weeks. Looked like a chicken exploded in the coop. I've been waiting for these ones to grow and nothing is happening
     
  4. Hybridchucks

    Hybridchucks Overrun With Chickens

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    Do you have a roo, he could be over mating them! xx
     
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  5. Hybridchucks

    Hybridchucks Overrun With Chickens

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    It doesn't sound like you have a roo
     
  6. lauren212

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    No rooster Just 5 hens
     
  7. Hybridchucks

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    Ok xx
     
  8. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    They are probably nothing to worry about as long as you see no active pecking at them. Come Fall all mature chickens will be exploding.[​IMG]
     

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