Pullet losing feathers under her wattles

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by FlappyFeathers, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. FlappyFeathers

    FlappyFeathers Free Ranging

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    Not an emergency, but I don't know if I should be concerned. Well I am concerned, I just don't want her to be hurting or unhealthy and wonder what's causing it. She's a 10½ month old Blue Wyandotte.

    The only thing I think it could be from is chafing from the feeders, which are made of PVC pipes and they have to reach a ways inside. Could that be pulling her feathers off? I've been using this type of feeder for almost 3 years and it doesn't seem to affect any other chickens and the opening is smooth. It doesn't seem like a natural molt and I haven't seen noticeable pecking from other birds, especially in that odd spot. Thoughts?

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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    In addition to the missing feathers, I notice that many of her neck feathers are broken. Given that she is growing/has pin feathers I sort of doubt that someone is feather plucking her - although that may be happening. Perhaps she is somehow breaking them off on the feeder ? Other than the broken and missing feathers she appears to be in fine condition. :idunno
     
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  3. FlappyFeathers

    FlappyFeathers Free Ranging

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    I know, poor thing looks terrible!
    Is the skin normally always that red in that area (under the feathers)? It looks so sore, but doesn't seem swollen. I wonder if I should apply antibiotic ointment? Or Blu-Kote? I don't have any but could get some tomorrow. Or just leave it be?

    The feeder did used to sit a bit higher and I recently lowered it when I first noticed some feather thinning. But now it's become even more apparent and red. I'll have to keep a closer watch for someone pecking her. But doesn't that seem like a strange target?
     
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  4. blackandtan

    blackandtan Chirping

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    Is there maybe a hole in your fence that she has found and is reaching out for grass or bugs or something?
     
  5. FlappyFeathers

    FlappyFeathers Free Ranging

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    I will definitely go out and look for something like that. But as far as I know... wait--
    they free range in my backyard frequently and I have a few plants encircled with hardware cloth to try and protect them. I wonder if she could be reaching over the wire to munch on the heuchera plants?
    But the other birds don't have any damage on their necks at all.
     
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  6. Farm life101

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    This is how my bantam rooster looks rn. Just started happening 3 weeks ago but he’s fine besides that. I think it’s just having a small molt maybe??? but I have no clue what else it could be.
     
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  7. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender

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    Some birds go through a partial neck molt in the early spring. This may be what your hen is doing.
     
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    FlappyFeathers Free Ranging

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    Thanks everyone! It just looks like it hurts. At least her feathers are growing back so hopefully before long she'll be back to normal :D
     

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