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Feathers not growing back

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My chickens have feather picked each other. Some of the chickens have not regrown feathers.  Why is this?   They are let out to free range. I have made sure that they have enough protein in their diet.  They are not stressed.

Please help

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If they are adults, older than 7-8 months than feathers don't usually regrow until a molt occurs.
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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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post #3 of 4
Not necessarily. If the feathers were plucked all the way out, they will grow back. If they're broken, they won't until they're shed during molt. However, you can pluck those broken feathers yourself if you don't want to wait that long...
Nikki
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My chickens have feather picked each other. Some of the chickens have not regrown feathers.  Why is this?   They are let out to free range. I have made sure that they have enough protein in their diet.  They are not stressed.

Please help

Welcome to BYC!

 

If they are picking feathers, that's pretty stressful IMO, especially for the ones being picked.

...and there was an owl attack a month ago?

 

More info on your flock....number and ages, housing(feet by feet), what and how are you feeding might help us help you figure it out how to stop the problem.

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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