HOw long for PLUCKED tail feathers to re grow?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Wendy'sChicksRock, Nov 17, 2010.

  1. Wendy'sChicksRock

    Wendy'sChicksRock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Seems I have a hen who is overly fond of tail feathers and plucks them from her coop mates. She however has a tail [​IMG]
    Im keeping my new birds away from her as they all have really nice tail feathers. Will they grow back ? [​IMG]

    Oh AND she eats them...
     
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2010
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    They will definitely grow back. (I would recommend the soup pot for the plucking hen!) If the shafts are still in, the feathers won't grow back until the next molt, but if the feather is totally gone, it will grow back sooner. I am not quite sure how long it will take, but it will be weeks. Some extra protein will help, because feathers are mostly made of protein. Some wet cat would provide extra protein, and chickens really like it.
     
  3. Wendy'sChicksRock

    Wendy'sChicksRock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so if they are 24 weeks old, they wont get them back till after next years molt... right?
     

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