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My ameraucana has no neck feathers!!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by JenniYoung, Oct 1, 2015.

  1. JenniYoung

    JenniYoung Out Of The Brooder

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    Any ideas how to help me help her? It started a couple of months ago, just prior to her being a year old. And the more time goes on, the more bare her neck.

    I have checked for mites and lice on her and other birds and see no signs.

    She is not being bullied.

    I have switched their food to higher protein. They free range all day, though.

    Nothing seems to help. It is only on her neck. And besides the fact that she is starting to look like a turkens, she is normal. Egg laying and other behaviors are normal.

    Thanks for advising!!
     
  2. bernie2703

    bernie2703 Out Of The Brooder

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    Do you got a rooster with the hens?
     
  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Could she be going through a neck molt.
     
  4. JenniYoung

    JenniYoung Out Of The Brooder

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    Is a neck molt a thing?

    No rooster.
     
  5. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Some hens will molt just on the neck, usually younger hens or out of the regular seasonal molt.
     
  6. JenniYoung

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    And would she be getting progressively balder?
     
  7. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    They usually start growing feathers in, are you sure no one is pulling them out, that would be my other thought.
     
  8. JenniYoung

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    I have never seen another hen pull them out. I have seen her reach around there and pick at them, so I assumed it was her. That's why I upped the protein. She is definitely not bottom of pecking order.
     

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