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Polish cockerel not thriving!!!

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I got 2 polish chicks last year being told they were hens, however on closer inspection at home we found out they were actually cockerels and the woman had litterally ripped their tail feathers and crest feathers to make us think they were female. despite this we kept them mainly because they were clearly in need of a loving home than to be treated like they were. one did die in the winter, why we dont know so we are left with one and still has to regain the feathers that was ripped from his head and backside. does anyone know how to help him along or is it permanent damage the woman has caused, he was recently housed with our hybrid hens and picked on there so he is now on his own but i just want him to blossom into the young chap he should and be more confident! can post a pic of his current condition if it helps? but its not nice

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The previous owner may not be responsible for the abuse to the two Polish roosters.  It is not at all uncommon for the crests and upon occasion the tails to be damaged/removed by large fowl flock mates.  The fact that your hens continued this behavior is not at all unusual.  Hopefully he will regrow his feathers now that he is separated from the other birds.

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I wouldn't normally say someone would do that but she would have known they were roosters and they had clearly been made to look like they werent, I think some people will go to any length to get rid of unwanted roosters. but that aside, is there any supplements i could give to help aid in his recovery, he does seem like he needs plumping up and maybe a tonic in his water could help?

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