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Question about Chickens loosing feathers

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Jim2448, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. Jim2448

    Jim2448 Out Of The Brooder

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    i know that chickens molt, however, i have some chickens that have lost some feathers right behind there head.......is that normal or part of the molting process?
     
  2. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

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    Quote:Sounds like a rough rooster!!
     
  3. Jim2448

    Jim2448 Out Of The Brooder

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    i don't have any roosters, however, i have seen some of the other hens peck at the bald areas.
     
  4. Cochin378

    Cochin378 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is completely normal. Chickens molt twice a year, once in the spring and once in the late summer to early fall. It takes about fifteen weeks.The order or sequence in which birds loose their feathers in head, neck, back, breast, stern, thighs, wings, tail.If you are still concerned I would check your birds for lice and I would dust them.
     
  5. Jim2448

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    thanks, that seems to make sense. i didn't realize it was a 15 week process. [​IMG]
     
  6. Pele

    Pele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's probably a combination of molt and the pecking order. For some reason hens like to peck at the back of each other's head to show who's boss. The hen with the least peck-marks will be your top hen. A bald hen will be the bottom of the pack.
     

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