To apron or not to apron?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Knittycat, Oct 11, 2011.

  1. Knittycat

    Knittycat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a hen who's missing most of her back feathers. I think it's mostly from a rough roo and a grump alpha hen, but the roo is gone now (mmmmm chicken soup!) and her feathers don't seem to be growing back. I haven't seen the alpha hen peck at her lately either. I didn't apron her sooner, because except for missing feathers, there was no other damage. Her skin looks just fine! I figured they'd all be going into moult soon and her feathers would return then. But I noticed the other day a bit up by her tail is a touch sun darkened.
    Now she's gone broody and has been pretty much left alone by the other hens. Since she's cooped herself up, she's not getting much sun. And she's loosing feathers on her chest, just like a good broody.
    Should I apron her? Or should I just wait until she decides she's not broody any more and see how her feathers grow back on their own?
     
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  2. so lucky

    so lucky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe by the time her broody spell breaks, the feathers will have grown back. I don't think I would bother her with an apron right now.
     
  3. Knittycat

    Knittycat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok. I figured I'd end up going that route, but I wanted to make sure she wasn't going to ZOMG DIE!! (or what ever [​IMG] ) if I just let it wait. Normally, I'd try and break her broody spell, but I think I'd rather give her time to grow her feathers back.
     
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  4. so lucky

    so lucky Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. dela1991

    dela1991 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I rehomed my rooster in April and my hens are just starting to get their feathers back. It may take a while. Good luck.
     

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