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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by joletabey, Jun 12, 2010.

  1. joletabey

    joletabey SDWD!!!!

    Apr 9, 2009
    western NC
    This poor little hen has internal egg problems and has not laid for probably a year, but is still getting around, eating, etc. Last time she molted, the feathers on her neck grew back in a swirl pattern, but now they appear to be breaking off. I have checked for mites, lice, etc. and cannot find any signs of creepy crawlies on her- any idea what is going on and is there anything I can do?
    Thanks in advance for the help!!!
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  2. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    That looks like she could be molting. Is there a rooster in the pen?
     
  3. joletabey

    joletabey SDWD!!!!

    Apr 9, 2009
    western NC
    No rooster, and she has looked like this for a couple of weeks now- she is not losing any other feathers on the rest of her, just the back of her neck.
     

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