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Feathers not growing back

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by i love my chick, Apr 6, 2016.

  1. i love my chick

    i love my chick New Egg

    Mar 1, 2016
    My chickens have feather picked each other. Some of the chickens have not regrown feathers. Why is this? They are let out to free range. I have made sure that they have enough protein in their diet. They are not stressed.
    Please help
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    If they are adults, older than 7-8 months than feathers don't usually regrow until a molt occurs.
  3. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 11, 2011
    Not necessarily. If the feathers were plucked all the way out, they will grow back. If they're broken, they won't until they're shed during molt. However, you can pluck those broken feathers yourself if you don't want to wait that long...
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC!

    If they are picking feathers, that's pretty stressful IMO, especially for the ones being picked.
    ...and there was an owl attack a month ago?

    More info on your flock....number and ages, housing(feet by feet), what and how are you feeding might help us help you figure it out how to stop the problem.

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