Missing neck feathers

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  1. beccaboo254

    beccaboo254 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm posting this here too hoping someone has an idea. My young RIR is missing her neck feathers. At first I thought they were just slow growing in after the down fell out but it's been way too long for that. She's healthy except for this. I've never seen anyone (two other chickens, one close to her in age and one adult hen) pick on her and I watch them a LOT. She and the buff get into "chest bumping" spats but no one messes with her head and neck. Not even when I've checked them at night. She dust bathes regularly and I keep DE down I the bath area, and I haven't had any mite/lice issues in the past. What could be causing this?!
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  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Your bird is molting it looks like. Feed her foods with lots of protein content and watch for bullying behaviors.
     
  3. beccaboo254

    beccaboo254 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She's not even three months old so I doubt it's a molt. I've never heard of a bird that young molting.
     
  4. beccaboo254

    beccaboo254 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it possible for them to molt that young???
     

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