Fixing feathers on rescues

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chickenshiha, Mar 17, 2018.

  1. chickenshiha

    chickenshiha Songster

    Apr 19, 2014
    So yesterday I got a few leghorn chickens that were in an egg farm. They looked awful and the owner was giving some away. They all have broken feathers and worn out feathers . can I pluck the feathers out or is there something else I can do?

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  2. chickenshiha

    chickenshiha Songster

    Apr 19, 2014
    Also the pic ain't mine just to show how mine look
  3. Swastik Choudhari

    Swastik Choudhari Songster

    Feb 23, 2018
    I dont have much experience but...u dont need to pluck theur feathers. Just feed them good with some vitamins and minerals. Feeding yoghurt or curd twice a week will also make then resistant to diseases also giving them nutrition.

    Just wait then they will moult amd regrow..and fix the problem my themself

    Good luck :)
  4. Quacking Pigeon

    Quacking Pigeon Crowing

    Mar 12, 2018
    NSW, Australia
    My Coop
    Like what Swastik Choudhari said you should feed them well and let them mount and regrow their feathers.
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  5. featheredplanets

    featheredplanets Songster

    Nov 28, 2017
    Best not to pluck them. Increase their protein and wait until their next moult. I would feed an unmedicated grower of 18%+ and free choice oyster shell, you can supplement more protein with eggs, meat, cat food, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sprouted grains and feeder insects - silkworms contain high protein and less fat unlike the more popular mealworm, which is high in protein but full in fat.
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  6. chickenshiha

    chickenshiha Songster

    Apr 19, 2014
    The thing is 90% of chickens where I live don't molt . in winter its very cold and summer is very good weather not that hot. What causes them not to molt. Also I never had a chicken molt for the past 10 years I have had chicken
  7. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Crowing

    Apr 12, 2013
    Boulder, Colorado
    All fowl molt. If you notice it is more a function of when and how fast it happens.
    They will have to drop the damaged feathers and regrow new ones. Your birds are probably debeaked so preening doesn't happen like a normal chicken . The feathers will never look as nice as the rest of your birds. Hopefully you've checked them over for mites. They don't know how to dust bathe but give them a nice fluffy pan of wood ash and dirt to learn in. .
    They will also have trouble picking up feed. You will need to experiment with the size and shape of the feed as well as the feeder. Initially they will not touch the treats and extras you offer. Not something they have seen and they are weary of changes.
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  8. junebuggena

    junebuggena Crowing

    Apr 17, 2015
    Long Beach, WA
    Molting has nothing to do with temperature. It's triggered by light exposure. And all chickens molt, eventually.
    To regrow in all those feathers, they need protein. A starter/grower feed would be best for them. And limit the treats for now, what they really need is a balanced diet. And those are red sexlinks, not Leghorns. Their combs and earlobes are very pale, which is mostly a symptom of anemia. Treat them for worms, ASAP.
  9. chickenshiha

    chickenshiha Songster

    Apr 19, 2014
    I said those are not mine . just a pic to show you
  10. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams

    Kudos to you for giving the girls a second chance at a good life! :clap

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