My EE has lost her muffs, what could be wrong ??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by meraucanamomma, Mar 15, 2009.

  1. meraucanamomma

    meraucanamomma In the Brooder

    Jan 8, 2009
    Forsyth, GA
    I have checked all of my hens and rooster. They are fine but one of my hens has lost her muffs today. They were there yesterday. It doesn't look irritated. I separated her from the flock. If anyone could give me some advise, I would greatly appreciate it.. [​IMG]
  2. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Crowing

    Jul 8, 2008
    Fleetwood, PA
    I've had EE's for 3 years (2 different groups) and they all have had their muffs pulled out by the other chickens. I have a rooster this time and even his is gone. There is no bloody pecking or anything, but with both groups they lost them during the winter when they had to spend too much time inside. I have seen others in the act. Hope you find a good solution!
  3. rigagirl

    rigagirl Songster

    Dec 28, 2008
    churchville ny
    what are muffs
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Muffs are on either side of the face, sort of under the eyes, and they complete the beard that Ameraucanas and Easter Eggers have. I have one that just molted out her beard entirely, including muffs.
  5. chickiebaby

    chickiebaby Songster

    Jan 2, 2008
    western mass
    I was about to say the same as Speckled Hen, actually, that they do molt their adorable facial hair as well. Maybe that's it? I hat to think of anyone pulling it out. Ouch!
  6. chickenfever

    chickenfever Songster

    Jul 22, 2008
    I have five EE's and one is missing has had her beard and muffs pulled out as well. I'm almost positive it's not molting. I don't know why they just targeted her though. [​IMG]

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