I use mesquite limbs that are 2" to 3" in diameter in my pens, because of the abundance of mesquite in my location. What you use will depend on your location. If using wood from hardware/lumber store, get dowels of that diameter. Being round helps them to roost as they would in the wild. It allows their feet to be covered by feathers, protecting them from frost bite in extreme cold weather. At 7 and a half weeks, their old enough to go to a permenate pen. HTH Good LuckThank you very much now for like a place where they can roost would I just put a big stick where they can perch I don't quite have them in there pen yet because they are still only 7 and a half weeks.
Hi, WELCOME TO BYC! It's just normal molting. Usually, feather loss on the back, is a results of over crowding but they do lose their feathers on their backs as you described when going through a molt at that age. At that stage, their susceptible to pecking from other birds, they can't resist pecking at new feathers coming in...especially, tail feathers. Just keep an eye on it, and if you see blood or bruising, remove the aggressive bird to a separate pen/enclosure.I'm very new to bird rearing. I bought a pair of red golden pheasants & a peacock that had been housed together. They were about 3 months old. Now (roughly 6 weeks later), the female has lost most of the feathers on her back, under her wings. I don't see any signs of an attack; no blood, scabs or bruising.Could this be some sort of normal molting?! Can anyone give me some solid feedback? If she's sick I want to get her back on track ASAP.