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What is with their heads?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Kidhenduckohmy, Jul 31, 2013.

  1. Kidhenduckohmy

    Kidhenduckohmy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Why are they losing feathers on their heads. Started with the one this spring, now others are doing the same thing. Nothing but pink skin.[​IMG] [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    How old are they? Are they of age to start their molt(16-18 months?) Looks like they have been feather-picked by their buddies. I suppose they could have mites, but chickens will pick feathers sometimes if they lack protein in their diets, are overcrowded, or bored.
     
  3. Kidhenduckohmy

    Kidhenduckohmy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thay are about 15-16 months? Not sure about leghorns. We were told they were a year last fall. There coop is small but I have been letting them out early and their run is very large. Plus they run all over yard after 4:00. Could they peck at each other before 4:30-5:00am? I will start adding more protein and we are in the process of getting rid of some. I was just afraid to give a problem to someone else if they had some disease.
     

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