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Bare Necks

cornish erikacornish erika Junior Member
edited August 2006 in Poultry Health and Welfare
Hi I Have 11 Chickens And A ****eral Who Are About 18 Months Old
They Are Fantastic Layers But Recently Their Necks (underside) Have Become Bare Of Feathers And The ****eral Is Bare All The Way Round
His Eyes Look A Bit Dull Also

Sometimes The Shells Are A Bit Soft
Are They Ill Or Are They Moulting??
Any Advice Would Be Appreciated Please


  • SandySandy Senior Member
    edited August 2006
    Bare necks and bare backs is a sign of a rooster mating with your hens

    If the birds are actually not laying.. and the feathers are all falling out.. you will notice them under the roosts in the mornings... then yes they may be molting

    If this is the case... increase the protein level your currently feeding them it will help them to re feather more quickly and not depleat their protein level and make them suseptible to disease while they are in the process of re feathering

    If the vent area is bare this may be due to them laying or once again the rooster with mating.. or their protein levels may be low and the feathers are breaking while they are sitting in the nest boxes to lay those nice eggs for you

    With the shells being a bit on the soft side... this is also an indicator that they may very well be starting to go into a molt.. and may stop laying shortly while this takes place.. they will resume laying once the feathers have grown back... the extra protein will help make this happen faster
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