Tail feathers

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Goreboy, Jun 13, 2017.

  1. Goreboy

    Goreboy New Egg

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    Just got a Spanish Black Tom and his tail feathers are all jacked up! New to this stuff so need help. What can I do to get his fan back to looking good? All feathers are still there but are broken off or just mangled from being in cage at the market. Also, how long till I can turn him out of the pen and he doesn't run away?
     
  2. ILuvMyFlock

    ILuvMyFlock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's normal for tail feathers to come out here and there, they'll regrow back but in the mean time I suggest I think it's called show bird feed or something, sometimes you can find feed for healthy feather growing at the tractor supply etc.
     
  3. Goreboy

    Goreboy New Egg

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    Thanks. Most are still they just broken off. I'll go pick up some feedback this evening.
     
  4. ILuvMyFlock

    ILuvMyFlock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good luck, just don't stress it, my toms tail feathers do the same every now and then.
     
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  5. BirdManInMo

    BirdManInMo Just Hatched

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    They will grow back...don't stress out over it.

    My toms have fought so much this spring that they all look half bald.

    I think I need to eat a few tom turkeys but since they are pets, I just go to the grocery store.
     
  6. Goreboy

    Goreboy New Egg

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    Thanks. Just didn't know if they would grow back since they were broken and not pulled out. They are content for a while but then begin to pace back and forth at the fence. How long before I let them out and they won't run away? Only have one tom and one hen. They are in a 10'-10' lot.
     
  7. R2elk

    R2elk Overrun With Chickens

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    What they mean is that the feathers will grow back when they molt. The broken feathers will stay broken until they are replaced by the new ones after the molt.
     
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  8. Goreboy

    Goreboy New Egg

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    Thanks.
     

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