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How long will it take for her feathers to grow back? Rejoining flock?

post #1 of 10
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Hi everyone!

I posted a previous topic on here about Rover and her minor injury. She just got some feathers plucked out and it was sort of bleeding. It healing nicely, no more bleeding. How long will it take for her feathers to grow back? When can I reintroduce her back to the flock?

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post #2 of 10

It took my chicken about one month for her back to heal and feathers to grow fully back. No problems about getting pecked at after that.

post #3 of 10

you have to be very careful about putting her back to soon, if the others see a wound they could cause her to have an open wound again or worse


Edited by Miss Lydia - 12/3/10 at 3:43pm
Living in the Beautiful Mountains of Western N.C.. with 16 chickens= EE's, Game, Cochin bantams,Light Brahma,  Black Australorps . 13Muscovy ducks, 1 Embden Gander,2 Toulouse geese 1 American Buff, 3 mini Dachshunds, 1 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..
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Living in the Beautiful Mountains of Western N.C.. with 16 chickens= EE's, Game, Cochin bantams,Light Brahma,  Black Australorps . 13Muscovy ducks, 1 Embden Gander,2 Toulouse geese 1 American Buff, 3 mini Dachshunds, 1 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..
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post #4 of 10

Cover the bald area in Blukote to disguise it and begin re-introductions.  She may get new feathers soon, or she may not get them back until after her molt.  Depends on how much damage was done.  I had a hen that never re-grew feathers after being flayed by a hawk, but I didn't expect her to grow any back.  (I was thrilled that she re-grew her skin, so what was a few feathers?)  I had a duck get badly barebacked by some overly amorous drakes and it took her going through a hard molt to grow her feathers back.  So, it may take some time for your bird to re-grow what was lost.

Good luck.

post #5 of 10
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Thanks everone! I have been applying Blu-Kote to her wound and it almost completely disguises it. I think I'm going to wait a bit longer before trying to reintroduce her......btw, she about 6 month olds

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post #6 of 10

I used blue kote and it did not work. The other chickens still pecked at  her. I also tried Pick-No-More to no avail. I had to seperate her until all the feathers grew back.

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Originally Posted by fancyflea 

I used blue kote and it did not work. The other chickens still pecked at  her. I also tried Pick-No-More to no avail. I had to seperate her until all the feathers grew back.


After the feathers grew back did the picking cease?  I think in your case I might have invested in some pinless peepers.  They are about the most effective method out there to stop persistent feather picking, from what I've heard.  I used pine tar the only time I had picking problems and it worked, but it is such a disaster to work with that I would not recommend it if there are other alternatives out there.

post #8 of 10

Is that the same stuff they use to tar and feather people with[pine tar]? I would have all the feathers and pine shaving stuck to me most likely.

Living in the Beautiful Mountains of Western N.C.. with 16 chickens= EE's, Game, Cochin bantams,Light Brahma,  Black Australorps . 13Muscovy ducks, 1 Embden Gander,2 Toulouse geese 1 American Buff, 3 mini Dachshunds, 1 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..
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Living in the Beautiful Mountains of Western N.C.. with 16 chickens= EE's, Game, Cochin bantams,Light Brahma,  Black Australorps . 13Muscovy ducks, 1 Embden Gander,2 Toulouse geese 1 American Buff, 3 mini Dachshunds, 1 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..
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post #9 of 10

Yes. After the feathers grew back the picking ceased. What are pinless peepers??

post #10 of 10

Miss Lydia I wouldn't doubt that it's the stuff they used to use to tar and feather people, but I don't know.  It is an absolute mess and gets stuck all over everything.  I will never use the garbage again regardless of how well it works.

Fancyflea- pinless peepers are a little piece of chicken head gear that snaps onto a bird's face to prevent them from seeing straight ahead, so they can't focus on feathers enough to pick at them.  I included a link to pics of peepers in place.  The owner added some bling to them to make them extra fancy.

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