tail feathers yanked off, will they grow back?

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  1. frizzleman74

    frizzleman74 Chillin' With My Peeps

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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
     
  2. frizzleman74

    frizzleman74 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    anyone?
     
  3. Anianna

    Anianna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I believe somewhere around 12-18 months, chickens molt and their adult feathers grow in.
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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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.
     
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    [​IMG] What Gritty said!
     
  6. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Quote:Three molts and first should just be getting underway at 5 weeks.
     
  7. Anianna

    Anianna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They molt at 5 weeks? But they just finally got their feathers in! Poor itchy chookies.
     
  8. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Quote:They must go through multiple molts starting at actually 4 weeks. They must constantly resize feathers as they grow or loose capacity for flight and staying warm.
     
  9. frizzleman74

    frizzleman74 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    wow i had no idea, thanks!
     
  10. twochix

    twochix Out Of The Brooder

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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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