Wet looking feathers and loss of feathers on neck

Marysued001

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Hello all,
I have 2 hens that I noticed had wet looking feathers on their necks last week. Today I noticed they had small patches missing. One of them looks like she is trying to pop her ears. The other ones comb looks a little pale compared to yesterday. They are both eating, drinking, playing, and free ranging like normal. No discharge from eyes or nose. No coughing, rasping, or rattling. I have checked for mites and fleas multiple times and im not finding any. I did worm them 2 weeks ago with safeguard. Is this multing, bullying, or another medical issue? Thank you so much for all your help!
 

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Wyorp Rock

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Looks like she's beginning to molt.

What do you mean one of them looks like she's trying to pop her ears? Like yawning? A video may help (upload to youtube and provide a link)
Check to make sure her crop is emptying overnight.
 

SillyChicken

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Yep could be molting.

Do you have roos? They will pull neck feathers out while mounting the hens.

Could be hen pecking - establishing chicken hierarchy.
 

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