Feathers in bad shape should I pull them.....

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by son-n-lawschicks, Aug 5, 2008.

  1. son-n-lawschicks

    son-n-lawschicks Out Of The Brooder

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    We are wanting to show them in about 3 mo. and are trying to get them looking good. However, some of the wing and tail feathers are split, and ragged. What should I do? Also if I did that how long does it take for them to come back out.
     
  2. chickenfanatic

    chickenfanatic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i pull mine depends on the person i think but i do it and they do come back i faster
     
  3. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    Seems like feathers take FOREVER to come in...a month? Am I wrong on this anyone!? I know my moulting chickens is taking over a month.
     
  4. coffeelady3

    coffeelady3 Froths Milk for Hard Cash

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    I don't know if chickens have them, but I know other birds do (parrots)...Watch out for blood feathers. When those get pulled, it can be messy.
     
  5. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    Seems to me that if you did pull them, you'd want to increase their protein intake to help regrow the feathers. Growing feathers takes a lot out of a bird during molt, so it shouldn't be too bad for just a couple of feathers, but it might help. I've never paid much attention to how long it takes to grow back, thoug... [​IMG]
     
  6. Kanchii

    Kanchii Chillin' With My Peeps

    You should pull them 2 months before a show if they are wing or tail feathers, or 1 month will do it for smaller feathers.
     
  7. Smoky73

    Smoky73 Lyon Master

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    Pull them for sure. If they are main feathers like wings or tails or feet, cut them first to kill the feather, makes them easier to pull out after a few days.
     

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