hen healed up from hawk attack, white feathers where wound was

deepbluesea

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So my GLW Fifi got maimed by a hawk a bit ago. Thankfully she fully recovered and us back to laying. My question: when the feathers grew back in, one was pure white and one was white-tipped. Has anyone else seen this?
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Sometimes, it happens after molting. However, I have had several hens that had a few white tipped or solid white feathers grow in feathers from injury/damage. My GL Polish got some white tips on her crest after the last molt. Though I know it is often called 'leakage' (when genetic), I am not sure that is the case all the time...
The most I have is speculative guessing on the subject... nothing substantial. :)
 

deepbluesea

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Jul 14, 2014
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Sometimes, it happens after molting. However, I have had several hens that had a few white tipped or solid white feathers grow in feathers from injury/damage. My GL Polish got some white tips on her crest after the last molt. Though I know it is often called 'leakage' (when genetic), I am not sure that is the case all the time...
The most I have is speculative guessing on the subject... nothing substantial. :)
Thanks! Nice to know I'm not the only one with the weirdo bird. :)
 

pvaldes

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Is not uncommon when the bird needs to replace quickly a lost feather after a predator attack. I had seen the same after rescuing and recovering a blackbird from my cat. Don't worry. The next molt will (most probably) fix the colour problem.
 

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