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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Bird Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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One of my chickens has lost all her head feathers. sally- 2

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one of my chickens has lost all her head feathers.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the bird's name and age?
Customer: sally- 2 years old
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Sally?
Customer: free range during the day with 7 other chickens between the ages of 2-4 yrs old. no rooster. not noticed that she is being bullied. she is a barred rock
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Simple molting should be the most important differential diagnosis for loss of head feathers. Chickens molt in a predictable order beginning in the head and neck and progressing down the back, breast, wings, and tail. Are you seeing new pin feathers in the featherless areas? While we expect molting when daylight hours shorten at the end of summer, brooding and environmental factors can also induce a molt.

Can you upload a photo(s) of Sally to our conversation? You can use the paperclip icon in the toolbar above your message box (if you can see that icon) or you can use an external app such as

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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