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my chickens are losing feathers around their neck!?!?!?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by 00Tolley00, Nov 28, 2014.

  1. 00Tolley00

    00Tolley00 New Egg

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    i have a speckled Sussex hen and rooster in a separate pen from the rest of mine and only one of each. my hen has lost feathers all around the back of her neck. it rained a few days ago and got really cold that night, could that be what it is? will they grow back? just really worried!!!
     
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Sounds like the work of an over amorous Rooster. A rooster can handle 10 hens, yours has just one. That poor girl can end up overbred to the point of damage and even death. Either the rooster has to leave or you have to get another 9 hens or so to even the score. If you don't need fertile eggs for hatching, there really is no reason to have a roo. Hens will still lay eggs (tho NOT fertile) and are usually much happier without one.

    Her feathers will grow back ONCE the rooster stops pulling them out (they grab the hen during mating). BTW Welcome to the flock.
     
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    I agree with Drumstick Diva here, it is very possible the rooster is causing all this damage. 1 rooster to 8 to 10 hens is the proper ratio. Roosters can do great bodily harm with over mating one or two hens. Molting and aggression can also cause loss of feathers. I hope you can get down to the bottom of this soon!
     
  4. Beer can

    Beer can Overrun With Chickens

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    The hen will loose back feathers also. I had it happen to my RIReds, had 15 hens, picked up four young cockerels so we could hatch out more, was planning on only keeping one roo. Didnt take long the poor hens looked awful. I have one wellsummer roo now, and eight hens, differnt breeds, he treats the ladies good, and hes freindly with our kids too.
     
  5. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    You already have very good responses from those more experienced than I. But it does seem that if the roo were responsible then there should be some lost from her back as well if it's a mating thing. It could be a molt and if so, you should see pin feathers coming in the area of loss and start to see other areas of feather loss. It could be feather picking of the roo on the hen. I would check for signs of molting and try to observe their activity from a distance..

    Good luck figuring this out.
     
  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC![​IMG] We're glad to have you.

    You've received some good advice already!
     
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! The loss of feathers could be from the rooster, or, she could be molting.
     
  8. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Chickens who molt usually start at the neck...
     
  9. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  10. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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