Burned Feathers ?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by hcammack, Jan 28, 2008.

  1. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    I had a heat lamp in with my hens out in the tractor I covered the heatlamd in wire do the hens woudent get to close to the bulb. all of my hens found away to burn of some of the feathers on their backs even though the heat lamp was raised. I checked over each hen to see if it had done damage to anything other then their feathers and they seem fine. I know that they were burned off because of the burning smell on my chickens. I have replaced the heat lamp with another that they cant get near. I was just wondering if their feathers will grow back of if they need to molt out before they grow back. They are twelve weeks old and not laying so when will their next molts be?
    thanks in advance
    Henry
     
  2. Chickemee

    Chickemee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Their feathers probibly got burned because maybe the bulb was to hot. I use a 60 watt bulb. My chickens rip out there own feathers if they start to get warn out. I'm not sure but I belive most chickens molt about once a year.
     
  3. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    I will try and change the bulb it is hot Its a big red brooder bulb.
    Anyone who knows about the molt ?

    Thanks
    Henry
     
  4. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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  5. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    Most young chickens will do a partial molt before they begin egg production, so there is a pretty good chance they will get new feathers.

    Jean
     
  6. Flufnstuffs~FluffySilkies

    Flufnstuffs~FluffySilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try a 100 watt outdoor yellow bug litebulb. "THATS WHAT I USE"

    OR they make 85 watt out door red coated spot lite bulbs.
     
  7. charlie

    charlie New Egg

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    Raise the light up higher
    Its too close to them
    And once they molt the new feathers will be as good as new
     
  8. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    I raised the bulb higher with my desk lamp LOL
     
  9. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    just checking - please tell me you did not just put a heatlamp or other hi wattage bulb in a desk lamp fixture.....?

    :eek:

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  10. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    Ya I did but I am changing it tommarow.

    Thanks
    Henry
     

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