Feather loss/regrowth

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by SunAngel, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. SunAngel

    SunAngel Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 20, 2008
    Chambersburg, Pa.
    I purchased a black standard hen (not sure what kind yet) last night at the auction and when I got her home I saw she had a bare patch on her back from over breeding. Her feathers are completely gone in that area and I am wondering if they will ever grow back? Otherwise she looks ok and maybe 1-2 yrs old is my best guess.

    If they will grow back, would putting one of those chicken saddles over her bare skin hurt or help the healing process?
     
  2. silkieluver_07

    silkieluver_07 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2008
    Pennsylvania
    If one of your roos try to mate her, they may break open the skin. I would suggest getting a saddle for her. I just bought Peppi one. [​IMG] www.mbldesigns.com They are pretty affordable. Did you get anything else at the sale last night?
     
  3. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    The saddle would help the healing process by protecting her skin from any mating. You can purchase one, as silkieluver stated, or make one! FarmerKitty has a pattern posted and they look very easy to make. That way you wouldn't have to wait to get it and it would be much less expensive. [​IMG]
     
  4. SunAngel

    SunAngel Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 20, 2008
    Chambersburg, Pa.
    2 ducks, which I think are Blue Swedish. They were so pretty, but I quit bidding and when I said no, Gary said yes and the guy went with his answer and I got them lol And I got a box with 4 peeps in it, but I think they are males...one possibly might not be though.

    Gary got a 10 ft tree for $5 that we had to stuff in my Durango lol.

    Thanks, I will check out that saddle site. I haven't got to see her for very long to figure out if she's a keeper yet, but I will buy/make her something if she seems nice.
     
  5. SunAngel

    SunAngel Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 20, 2008
    Chambersburg, Pa.
    Thanks gumpsgirl! I will look for a pattern.

    So do you know if her feathers will grow back once its down to bare skin?

    I only have 1 roo and he hasn't figured out his job yet, so she is safe for awhile anyways lol.
     
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  6. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Yes! The feathers will grow back, but her back needs to be protected during this process. Any mating during the time that the feathers are re-growing, could break the new feathers off and you will be back at square one. [​IMG]

    Here's a link to Farmer Kitty's patterns. https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=4031-Patterns
     
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  7. SunAngel

    SunAngel Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 20, 2008
    Chambersburg, Pa.
    Awesome, thanks much!

    I was just out there for a bit, and she seems like a nice girl. She should be pretty once those feathers grow back. I will work on the saddle for her today [​IMG]
     

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