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PostPosted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 11:32 pm 
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Hello

Just a quick question about another hen called Fleck.

Fleck is very healthy, however, has developed an odd patch on the side of her neck. The feathers are obviously missing (just behind her ear).

She does not appear to scratch this area and the other hens do not peck her. She has been wormed and has no flees, lice, etc. Oddly, Fleck enjoys dust bathing and does this regularly in fire ash.

Any ideas to what the problem may be ?

Thanks, Chicken-Gal


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:45 pm 
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Probably starting to moult. Feathers typically are lost from around the neck and progressively from the rest of the body. Decreasing daylength triggers the moult annually. Some of mine are bare breasted and have missing tail feathers already. Nothing to worry about. Don't be surprised if egg production also drops.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:51 pm 
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Cackles wrote:
Probably starting to moult. Feathers typically are lost from around the neck and progressively from the rest of the body. Decreasing daylength triggers the moult annually. Some of mine are bare breasted and have missing tail feathers already. Nothing to worry about. Don't be surprised if egg production also drops.


Thanks Cackles, however, in this case the feathers have been like this for 12 months or so!

It is not causing a problem that I know of. I am curious to why this occurring.

Cheers, Chicken-Gal


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