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Molting?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by girlchicks, Mar 20, 2015.

  1. girlchicks

    girlchicks New Egg

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    Trying to upload a picture with the app from from galaxy s5 but it won't let me. My hen appears to be loosing feathers right at the top of her head. The skin is not red or irritated, I have no rooster. She has been having a limp for 3 weeks now but it is getting better but slowly. Could it also be that she is getting picked on due to her limp? She is eating and everything fine and laying. I will try to upload a picture from my desktop.
     
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Are you seeing any pin feathers coming in? The neck is a common place for molting to start, though usually not the top of the head. She could be getting feather plucked by the other birds, the head/neck is a popular place for neighboring chickens to pluck if they are doing it while roosting. Double check for mites/lice also.
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Out to pasture
    You may want to apply some blue kote to her head which may lessen the others chickens desire to pluck her.
     
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!
     
  5. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Stuck back in the 40s Premium Member

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    Hello [​IMG]and Welcome to BYC![​IMG]

    Glad to have you join! Feel free to make yourself at home!
     
  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC![​IMG] I'm glad you joined us.

    My first guess would be that the other birds are pecking her. Because of her limp, she may not be able to get away from the others as easily as before. Also, chickens tend to pick on weaker birds. Have you seen other hens pecking her?
     
  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined our "flock!"

    Like Wyandottes7, I'm leaning towards picking. However, molting is still a possibility.
     
  8. GingerJane

    GingerJane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my chickens molt there all the time. It will grow back, eventually... I know mine took couple months, then another hen only took like 2 weeks.. It's different for each chicken!
     
  9. girlchicks

    girlchicks New Egg

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    Thanks everyone. I have not seen the other girls pecking at her but I would guess it's possible at night while in the coop. Some of the others apear to be loosing some feather also but this is more like fluffy feathers falling out.
     
  10. girlchicks

    girlchicks New Egg

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    This is a picture of her head.
     

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