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I picked up six 14week old australorps today. All but one are missing all of their tail feathers due to pecking. I am assuming it is from overcrowding etc... My question is what is the best way to assist in getting them to grow back? I immediately gave them mealworms (a lot) to boost protein, but don't know if there is anything else to help the girls out. They look pathetic. TIA

 

My girls in my profile pic are NOT the new ones I picked up today


Edited by NewbieChicker - 4/2/16 at 6:49pm
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At 14 weeks they don't quite have their adult feathers so they should regrow them without too much trouble. I like to keep my young ones on a non medicated grower for a bit longer than recommended, especially for dual purpose breeds that will continue to grow for up to two years. The extra protein will help them finish growing, and to start laying, as well as finish out the baby molts. When they start to lay put out a dish of oyster shells for calcium. Australorps are one of my favorite breeds, they are so friendly.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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It might not be from picking, but just another juvenile molt session...

.....they go thru growing several sets of feathers before they reach about 6 months.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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