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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chicklover16, Oct 25, 2011.

  1. chicklover16

    chicklover16 queen of flirts

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    my hen just recently started losing feathers on her head and neck, she also lost her tail, is this molting? if not, what is it? here are some pictures:

    this is the top of her head
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    and the back of her neck
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    and here you can see that she lost her tail
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    thanks for your help,
    idy
     

  2. kelser01

    kelser01 In the Brooder

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    Im new to chickens too, so I havent a clue -- but are you in your coop/chicken yard barefoot?

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  3. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    She's molting. At least she is rapidly regrowing what she's lost. Don't they look silly without their tails? Two of mine just lost their tails overnight, and they look ridiculous.

    Good luck.
     
  4. mandelyn

    mandelyn Crowing

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    Yup, molting. I have a tailless one right now too, she hasn't laid an egg in a month even with added protein!
     
  5. ChickenMack

    ChickenMack Songster

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    Yes! She is molting. And the white "stuff" is the shaft of the new feathers with the feathers literally growing out of the middle of it. It is really fascinating. Luckily, she is rapidly regrowing her feathers, some hens lose them, walk around bald and then grow them.
     

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