Hen with sheared off wing feathers on one side - will they grow back?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by spatulagirl, Apr 5, 2012.

  1. spatulagirl

    spatulagirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We picked up some beautiful young laying hens on the weekend but during the car ride in the crate one of them got stuck in the corner and the other hens picked on her butt until her feathers were gone and she was sore and had a bit of blood.

    I separated her and cleaned her off and put her in the coop on Tuesday. Well, maybe my rooster got to her or something but now her right wing feathers are sheared right off in one spot. Almost looks like someone took scissors to them. She is really off balance now and I had to help her onto the roost last night.

    Do I need to pluck them so they grow back? Her butt is healing up nicely and the other hens aren't picking on her, otherwise I will separate her again.
     
  2. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    They'll grow back with time...before you even know it, it will look like it never happened. I wouldn't pull any feathers intentionally.
     
  3. spatulagirl

    spatulagirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awesome, thank you! That is all I needed to know :) The kids named her Floppy (she is a Leghorn) and I look forward to her healing up nicely!
     

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