What on earth???

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by meredithfair, Sep 8, 2013.

  1. meredithfair

    meredithfair Out Of The Brooder

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    Why would her neck feathers separate like this? Started yesterday. The other three hens look normal.


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  2. meredithfair

    meredithfair Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi - I could use some help. I love my girls and I am really worried.


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  3. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Have you checked really closely to be sure she doesn't have something caught around her neck like a string or something. I have had them look something like that when they have stuck their neck through a fence wire / chicken wire trying to get away from something and got stuck or had a hard time trying to pull it back out.
     
  4. meredithfair

    meredithfair Out Of The Brooder

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    No strings... And today, a second chicken's neck feathers look like that (but not quite as severe.) could this be the start of molting?


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  5. purpletree23

    purpletree23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there run just dirt and no grass but there is grass growing on the other side of the fence just within their reach? If so I would think this is from the fence because they are trying to reach grass.

    Maybe a little free ranging could be arranged with you watching them if there is a risk of predators.
     
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    It does look to me like a got-stuck-in-the-fence type of line. But it could have something do do with molting, especially if the separation is where the neck feathers turn into body feathers... you get a line something like that when they raise their hackles, it is just a lot more pronounced than I usually see.
     
  7. purpletree23

    purpletree23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just as a precaution check for mites and lice.
     

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