Is there any way to stimulate feather growth?

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

  1. LoveChixinCA

    LoveChixinCA New Egg

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    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

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    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

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    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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