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Bald Chicken

It’s weird having chickens. They have some strange traits.

They have odd physical characteristics.

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Look at this.
This beautiful New Hampshire has a bright red comb. This means she’s probably the hen that’s still laying. It’s curious.

She should also have very pale feet when she’s on the lay.

Meanwhile her sister isn’t laying.

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First off she’s moulting. Hence the shocking hair do.

But you can see she’s also got a pale insipid comb. That’s fair enough. I can’t imagine being able to lay eggs if all my head feathers fell out.

The process of moulting interrupts laying. But once she has restored feathers she should be back in the mood.

How to help

When hens are moulting we give them apple cider vinegar for their feather condition.

We watch their diet too. Plenty of vitamin rich fruits, marmite on toast and protein filled worms to supplement their normal grains.

It doesn’t take long for the feathers to unfold.

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6 comments on “Bald Chicken

  1. Uncle Spike
    February 23, 2015

    Ours go bald from over-amorous attentions of young roosters in the main. The neck feathers of the girlies are their only means of ‘holding on’ during those early months of perfecting their rooster duties 🙂

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    • lizard100
      February 24, 2015

      Yes we see that in the quail but we don’t have a rooster so there’s no plucking going on in the hen house!

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  2. starproms
    February 24, 2015

    They look so bedraggled, don’t they! Poor things. Roll on Spring.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Kim in Fiji
    March 2, 2015

    LOVE your chicken posts. Now the horrible thing about factory farming of poultry in Fiji is that the egg birds imported from New Zealand keep laying through their moult. So they never grow new feathers. They just lay themselves to death.

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