tail feathers yanked off, will they grow back?

frizzleman74

Chirping
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Aug 10, 2010
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my 5 week old easter egger's tail feathers look as if they have been pulled off, not all but just a couple. They weren't pulled from the root of the feather so half of the feather is still there but its just not as long. Looks as if they were cut in half. Since she is not fully feathered yet will these grow out to normal size or will i just have to weight a year when she's molting, thanks
 

gritsar

Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!
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Nov 9, 2007
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If the feather shaft is still there and the feather is just broken, you'll have to wait for a molt. Young chicks will go thru several juvenile molts, so it shouldn't be that long. If the entire feather is gone, it will start to grow back immediately.
 

sourland

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May 3, 2009
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What Gritty said!
 

twochix

In the Brooder
5 Years
May 19, 2014
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So what if they are 4 months old?? I just got two chickens from a scary over populated place. One of them has no tail feathers and they do look like they were ripped off.....
 

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