time for feather growth- crown of Polish crested rooster

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  1. rojororeo

    rojororeo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, so I did a search, but can't find anything that quite matches my question.
    I have a Polish crested rooster who is about 6-7 months old, along with 7 girls his same age, and 5 adult hens. He came to me missing the majority of his crown feathers due to the other adult rooster where he had lived.
    He has yet to grow more than one or 2 noticeable new feathers. I have had him about 2 months. I keep thinking his head looks like new ones coming in... I can see little pin like sticks on his head. But then the next day or so, they seem to do nothing, or even seem smaller.
    Are the hens all picking/preening his feathers off as they come in? Or do the feathers just take months and months to come in?
    And if I have to separate him- how long will it be for, and will be he accepted easily back in because he is a rooster?

    Thanks!
     
  2. chooks4life

    chooks4life Overrun With Chickens

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    He'll likely be accepted back in easily as he is a rooster, if you do have to separate him. Healthy feathers can't be preened off. It is possible that some hens might be eating his blood-filled feather shafts, as some chickens do that, but it's easily addressed through diet. However it's not been long enough for his crest to grow back. Generally a crest grows back in at the same rate as all other feathers so when he's grown in a new coat after a moult, then his crest should be full again. That can take from six months to a year. But it could happen sooner. It's quite individual. Since he's only young, I expect he will grow them in sooner, as they will be now his adult male feathers that are due to come in. Best wishes.
     
  3. rojororeo

    rojororeo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the reply!
    So since it hasn't been long enough, it isn't likely that the hens are eating the blood filled shafts?
    I had no idea on the rate. I knew it wasn't overnight... that was about it! :)
    If he were yours, you wouldn't think anything odd is happening yet, then?
    I can't wait for him to have his full crest! I saw one in person yesterday and it was so cool!

    Thank you!
     
  4. chooks4life

    chooks4life Overrun With Chickens

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    You're welcome. :)

    If you can even see the blood filled shafts, then they're not eating them. If he were mine I wouldn't worry unless something else sets alarm bells ringing. If it's just the regrowth time you're worried about, then no, I don't think it's been long enough yet. He's at a great in-between age to grow them in sooner than an adult would, though.

    Best wishes.
     
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  5. rojororeo

    rojororeo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have no other alarm bells that I can tell! :) Sometimes I think I can see itty bitty short blood filled shafts, other times not so much.
    I won't be worrying then, since I don't feel there is anything else to cause issues.
    Thank you!
     
  6. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Three weeks. I went through this when one of my polish pullets was scalped by her litter mates when she was 8 weeks old. The other chicks would pull out the baby feathers as soon as they came in and there was something to grab. BluKote sprayed on the patch finally helped, and the feathers came back in. This later happened again in a year, and it took 3 weeks again.
     
  7. rojororeo

    rojororeo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow. 3 weeks is fast! I do have some BluKote... maybe it wouldn't hurt to catch him and spray him later.
    Thanks!
     
  8. chooks4life

    chooks4life Overrun With Chickens

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    That's a good point, I wasn't thinking about it in terms of feathers removed by force, and I should have been... Moulting times don't apply to that, lol! My bad. Technically if they're healthy they should start to replace feathers as soon as they're lost.
     
  9. rojororeo

    rojororeo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Then we will definitely be BluKote-ing his poor bald little head tonight. Poor guy. Hopefully they will come back quickly!
    Also, how often will I have to Blu-Kote it, Eggcessive?

    Thanks you guys!
    Of course, I am sure once his pretty little crown grows in full, I will probably have to figure out how to trim it back for his own good, visually, huh? Poor guy, can't win for losing! At least he has no competition. All the clueless hens think he is the best, lol
     
  10. rojororeo

    rojororeo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, so we have been spraying Blu-Kote on his head nearly every night... and I am finally seeing some definite feather sprouts. So... how long do we need to keep spraying to protect them from being pulled out? He isn't a show bird or anything, so I could care less if the feathers end up with a permanent blue tint, as long as it doesn't affect him, lol. And behaviorally, he is doing great with the grabbing off the roost and spraying every evening, so that is fine as well. :)
    Thanks!
     

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