What the heck is going on with my little hen????????????

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by awesomefowl, Dec 31, 2010.

  1. awesomefowl

    awesomefowl Argues with Goats

    I just discovered this---is this the rooster being too amorous, molting (but she is only 8 months old) or something more serious? She doesn't have mites or lice, but all the feathers on her neck and feet have come out to be replaced by spiny feather shafts. Is this just molting??? Am I worried for nothing???

    Nutmeg's neck:



    Close up:

    Last edited: Dec 31, 2010
  2. RhodeIslandRedFan

    RhodeIslandRedFan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 10, 2009
    Central PA
    Hello, awesomefowl! This looks like a typical molt to me, and what you see are nice new pin feathers growing in. I've read that chickens often molt in the neck area first. She should soon look fluffy and shiny again!
  3. awesomefowl

    awesomefowl Argues with Goats

    Quote:Whew. She had me scared!!! Thanks, and happy new year!
  4. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

    Mar 16, 2009
    onchiota NY
    she's all great!! Molting is all:) [​IMG]

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