bald chickens- will feathers grow back?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by courtshep, May 7, 2009.

  1. courtshep

    courtshep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We had way too many roosters (hence, we butchered them last week), and my poor hens are just bald on their backs. It looks terrible, they seem to feel fine. When and how long does it take for feathers to grow back??
     
  2. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It ewill take 6-8 weeks for the feathers to grow back
    in the mean time
    DO NOT feed any corn to them
    they will need high protein amts all the time they are making feathers
    they will need some help
    natural probiotic wet mash
    1 qt od dry crumbles High Protein
    2 qts of milk any kind even dried milk powder plus water
    2 tbsp of non flavored yoguart
    mix this good and feed 3 tbsp per hen twice a day(fix the amt they will need for one time)

    when they eat it all in 20-30 minutes then clean the wet feeder and restock the high dry crumbles

    also in the wate put
    2 tbsp of applecider vinegar per gallon of wat
    do these two things every day till the new feather are in
    then do it once a week

    this and the higher protein AND NO TREATS such as corn for them
    their feathers will grow good
    also provide oyster shell as they need the calcium and the ACV helps the body use vit D and calcium to grow the feathers and help their bones
     
  3. Mahlzeit

    Mahlzeit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Will the feathers grow back before they molt the others? The few "favorite" hens of my roosters have the same problem and the feathers normally don't come back until fall when they molt.
     

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