My hen's feathers are falling out around her head?

akd23237

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What problem do you think she has? It's not dramatic, but it's obvious that she is missing feathers around her head, and upper neck......I have 2 other chickens with her in their flock, and they don't have this. What do you think?
 

ChicknThief

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Jan 12, 2008
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Hmmm... Well, is one of those other two chickens a rooster? That could definately cause some plumage loss. How old is she? Molting is a possibility as well.
 

mypicklebird

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Molting, hen pecked or rooster pecked, or maybe mites/lice. There are some that hang out around the face and head feathers, but this would be the least probable, they aren't that common...

Chickens molt in patches. One month the back, one month the bottom area, one month the neck...

Though some poor birds seem to go all at once and look dreadful for a few weeks, then look beautiful.
 

akd23237

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May 5, 2008
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Thanks guys, you were right on the money. The hen was just molting......
 

wenitolduso

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Hi I am new but I found my chickens putting their heads through the fencing to eat the grass. I was wandering too why they where missing neck feathers. Just a thought.
 

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