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What would make a feather grow in as transparent instead of solid?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by chickenlady, Nov 9, 2009.

  1. chickenlady

    chickenlady Songster

    Aug 28, 2007
    Stillwater, NJ
    Not sure where to put this. I have a bird who just molted and the feathers came in very transparent. The center of the feather is solid but the rest is see through. What would cause this? Will this fix itself with added vitamins to water? Will I need to wait for another molt? Anyone ever notice anything like this?

  2. Cloverleaf Farm

    Cloverleaf Farm Bearded Birds are Best

    Sep 16, 2008
    Levan, UT
    Not a clue, but here's a bump!!
  3. BorderKelpie

    BorderKelpie Songster

    Mar 1, 2009
    outside Dallas
    I wonder if it could be either a diet or a stress related issue?
    Sounds interesting, do you have a picture you could post?
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Are you sure you are not looking at pin feathers?

    Feathers come in as spiky things that eventually blossom into a feather.
  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Quote:What I was thinking...

    ... would love to see some pics.
  6. Pin feathers take time to "color out". They should NEVER be messed with. Let the bird preen itself to rid the protective sheath.

    There is blood in the pins and you can "bleed out " your bird if you try to remove the sheath.
  7. chickenlady

    chickenlady Songster

    Aug 28, 2007
    Stillwater, NJ
    These are not pin feathers. I will go take a pic. He went through a very hard molt, every new feather that came in, came in the same way, on his wings, his neck, his back, everywhere. While they were coming in, he was on a med but the med never listed that it would affect new feather growth. I guess my main question about it is with the proper diet and added vitamins, could these feathers correct themselves?

    Here are some pics. The first pic is the wing feathers near the shoulder. The one on the left is correct, the one on the right is his, the transparent one.


    This pic is the neck feather. Again, the left is correct, the right is the transparent one.


    This is not just one feather that this happened to, it is every single one, everywhere.
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2009

  8. amazondoc

    amazondoc Cracked Egghead

    Mar 31, 2008
    Lebanon, TN
    That's probably a metabolic problem, possibly stress-related. What med was he on while molting, and why?
  9. chickenlady

    chickenlady Songster

    Aug 28, 2007
    Stillwater, NJ
    He was on Nystatin for a possible fungus type problem and then Flagyl for canker. Can this be corrected without another molt?
  10. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Those feathers are normal for a mature rooster. Congrats on the growing boy. The first pic is the shiny shoulder/wing feathers, and the second pic is a sickle/hackle feather. The ones on the left look like juvenile feathers, and the ones on the right adult. It is normal for boys and gives them their luster. I see nothing wrong with the feathers.

    The ones at the top are just like yours.
    http://www.toltecgoddess.com/F 4a.jpg

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