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thegranger

  • Joined Sep 2017
Feather loss on hen's neck?
« on: September 24, 2017, 11:46:24 am »
Hi.  I have a small flock of 5 hens.  One of the hens has bad feather loss round her neck and chest.  I had originally thought she was moulting, but it's been a couple of months now and no sign of improvement.  The other four birds are fine, which makes me doubt if it is lice / mites. 

Any thoughts? 

Part time dabbler

  • Joined Aug 2016
  • Cornwall
Re: Feather loss on hen's neck?
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2017, 12:29:29 pm »
Could it be this one is being bullied?
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landroverroy

  • Joined Oct 2010
Re: Feather loss on hen's neck?
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2017, 01:08:50 pm »
Is she reaching through wire to get at something on the other side, and so wearing the feathers away?
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mebnandtrn

  • Joined Mar 2014
  • lower whitley
Re: Feather loss on hen's neck?
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2017, 04:27:50 pm »
Sorry to hijack the original post, but same question but on their back? Looks completely plucked and has done so for months now. Otherwise healthy looking. Thanks

nimbusllama

  • Joined Nov 2010
  • Near Mansfield, Nottinghamshire
Re: Feather loss on hen's neck?
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2017, 07:54:27 am »

Marches Farmer

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Herefordshire
Re: Feather loss on hen's neck?
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2017, 10:48:52 am »
It generally takes the feathers the same amount of time to grow back as it did for them to drop out over the moult, so a long moult means they look like a mangled feather duster for ages.  Bullying will often be one bird pecking at one particular spot - feathers around the vent are often a favourite but back and neck can come close.  A vigorous cockerel can also make them bare on the back and neck, particularly if he favours one hen above the others.  Depluming mite is quite unusual.

 

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