My hens aren't recovering from their rooster wounds!!!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by wings, Apr 18, 2009.

  1. wings

    wings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a happy little flock of four hens about 10 months old.

    We just got rid of our rooster two weekends ago because he was being too abusive when mounting the hens.

    Now, the loss of feathers on their backs are not leaving! It seems as though the feathers haven't grown back!

    Am I being too paranoid about my girls? Or could this be a ligitiment problem? Could they be pecking eachother? Or maybe they have a nutrition deficiency??? What's going on???
     
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  2. dirtdoctor

    dirtdoctor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    HEY WINGS,

    Dont worry, feathers dont grow back like facial whiskers, But they will come back in. We had a RANDY ROO that was picking on a couple hens, finally had to send the ROo to FINISHING School, (read Freezer). Hens will heal up, i use wound coat if their is damaged skin. but give them time.

    someone in the chats makes saddles(protects them hens backs)

    Go look
     
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    wings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks dirtdoctor! I'll try not to worry! [​IMG]
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    If a feather is just broken, but the shaft is still intact you may have to wait for a moult for a new feather to take its place.
    If the feather is completely gone, shaft and all, it will grow back before the moult.
     
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    wings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:So I have to wait a while? Oh well...

    Is there anything I can do to speed the process of feather-growing up?
     
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    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    When my girls were moulting I offered alot of high protein snacks - string cheese, scrambled eggs, and black oil sunflower seeds to aid in feather regrowth.
     
  7. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

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    You could feed them some cat food (meat kind -- not kibbles) and yogurt, too. MissPrissy does this and her birds have some of the glossiest, healthiest feathers I have ever seen.

    Do you think they are picking at each others' wounds at all?
     
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    wings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I HOPE not! Actually, I don't think they are. You can only see the skin of one hen, who got extra attention from our rooster. So I don't think it's too extreme. I'm just a worry-ward...
     
  9. Pampered Hen

    Pampered Hen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In some hens it takes a long time to re-grow lost feathers. I had the same problem with my roor over mating the hens and causing bare backs. We removed the boy in February and while 5 girls have slowly grown new down feathers, one girl still wears bare skin.
     
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    wings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good! I feel a little better now! I was worried that the wounds were from eachother... [​IMG]
     

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