My hen Gladys is molting and has many pin feathers. Tonight she and the other two hens decided to sleep on the roof of the chicken coop. I carefully scooped two of the hens into the coop and then tried to gently pick up Gladys. She is very nervous when she molts and struggled. After reading an article on Backyard Chickens on molting, I am so afraid I damaged her feathers by touching her pin feathers. Will they grow in ok? When will I know?
I told the kids we should just leave them alone!!!!! They were too afraid of predators and I didn't know I shouldn't touch her pin feathers.