Missing Feathers.........please respond

winekntrychicks

Pooper Peeper
11 Years
Jul 26, 2008
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I have been giving my girls asian pears (we have 20 or so ) every day for the last 3 days. I have two EE with muffs and beards. The pears are so juicey and their feathers have gotten in the way. The pear juice is dried and the feathers are matted together. This morning I went out to do roll call and check for eggs and noticed the EEs had missing feathers below their eyes. My question is: will these feathers grow back now or do we have to wait until they molt??
 

redoak

Songster
11 Years
Feb 27, 2008
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Russia, NY
I'm not sure but I think they would grow back. My buff rock rooster plucked a few feathers out of my buff orpington roosters neck awhile back. His missing feathers are starting to fill back in.
 

silkiechicken

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You'll probably have to wait till moult for them to come back in full fluff, but moult should be pretty soon anyways so hopefully you don't have to see a bald faced hen for too long! My roo decided to moult and it looks like a feather pillow exploded with the pin cushion just sitting at the side saying "not me".
 

LilBizzy

Chicken Storyteller
11 Years
May 20, 2008
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Thats a very good description.
I dont have alot of experience with chickens, but I do have parrots, and 1 is a feather plucker. Almost all his feathers come back eventually.( there are a few that were just so damaged by his plucking that they never grew back- but that is from years of him doing it)
When we had chickens years ago they were barebacked from one very large loving rooster. It didn't take too long before their feathers all grew back.
 

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