Feather picking/pecking problem

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by lurch1014, May 6, 2017.

  1. lurch1014

    lurch1014 Out Of The Brooder

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    What can I do to help heal the chickens with missing feathers from picking/pecking? I seemed to have stopped them from doing it but a few chickens have bald spots. Will the feathers grow back and what can I do to help them heal faster?
     
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  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    If the feather is broken off, and not completely removed, it won't regrow till molting season. Feathers that have been completely removed will regrow within a few weeks, if given adequate protein.
     
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  3. lurch1014

    lurch1014 Out Of The Brooder

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    OK thanks. And what can I do about slight skin irritation? Petroleum jelly?
     
  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Just leave it alone.
     
  5. jadekin

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    My buff Orpington seemed to be plucked bald on her back about 4 months ago by my Roos. I got rid of them. Her feathers have still not grown back. But when it does seem like feather fuzz growing it's gone next day. She's a great layer. And seem heathy otherwise. Just semi bald.
     

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