Is there any way to stimulate feather growth?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by LoveChixinCA, Mar 24, 2011.

  1. LoveChixinCA

    LoveChixinCA New Egg

    Mar 13, 2011
    Hello everyone,
    I've been having some picking issues within my flock. I put "Pick-No-More" Lotion with aloe, calendula, tar, etc on the picked areas, and it stopped the bleeding. However, now that the picking has stopped 5 of my chickens (Welsummer, Maran, Speckled Sussex, EE and Silver Laced Wyandotte) have bare backs. They look TERRIBLE!!! They've been bare for over 3 months now.

    Is there any thing I can do to help stimulate the feathers to grow back?

    Further details that may (or may not) be relevant:
    -The girls get to free range for at least 2 hours a day, much more on the weekends, and pick up lots of worms, grass, seeds, etc.
    -I feed them a balanced diet of layer pellets and free choice oyster shell.
    -They get a handful of scratch 4 or 5 times a week and have constant access to clean, fresh water.
    -They aren't stressed out at all; no chasing children, and they love my dog.
    -Each hen has about 8 square feet of space in the coop.
    -There only sign of continued picking is when occasionally one hen will have a feather start to grow in, it'll be gone the next day.

    Another note: If looking for a way to stop pecking, the Pick-No-More lotion works great, but when they say it stains the birds they mean it. My once beautiful pure with EE now has a purple back. Poor girl...

    Thank you all!
  2. MyKidLuvsGreenEgz

    MyKidLuvsGreenEgz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2011
    Colorado Plains
    We don't have pickers but our roos are a little too serious about their rooster duties, so all 4 of my black australorp girls and a couple of my eggers are missing lots of back feathers. Chicken saddles don't help ... they don't stay on.

    So ... I am watching this with interest, hoping to learn something that will help my girls too.
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Quote:It sounds like you're doing everything properly. Their feathers will definitely grow back after a molt. To encourage feather growth, you can increase protein intake. You can buy gamebird feed which has about 22% protein in it. This should put an end to the picking as well.

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