specific question regarding feathers missing plumes

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by IknowRob, Dec 9, 2016.

  1. IknowRob

    IknowRob New Egg

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    On of my hens, the Americauna, is missing the plumes on the back her neck and the top of her head. She also hasn't laid in over a month.

    The funny thing is, she still has the quills attached to her neck, and the skin on her neck looks fine, without any redness, but I rubbed some DE all over her just to make sure. We recently had very cold weather where the girls were 'cooped up' for several days, so I am worried about a bully.

    Anyway, what do you guys think? Bully, or infestation?
     
  2. FridayYet

    FridayYet Innocent Bystander

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    Are you sure it is quills and not just new feathers coming in after a molt? When they come in they are surrounded by a hard white sheath and can resemble a quill. Also, if she's molting and regrowing new feathers, they often stop laying for a while and since the days are short, may not lay much until spring.

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    Edited to fix typo.
     
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2016
  3. Ballerina Bird

    Ballerina Bird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree that sounds like molting.
     

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