When do feathers grow back?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by bathsheba8542, Nov 15, 2009.

  1. bathsheba8542

    bathsheba8542 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi everyone! I've been treating the henhouse and 2 hens out of 14 birds for mites/lice/something...doing this because they have lost feathers on their back in front of their tail feathers, and had some crusty looking fluff around their vent. I've been regularly dusting them and others (who have no signs or symptoms) for about 2 months now (poultry dust), and have DE well-mixed in their bedding, sprinkled on their roost poles, and in their nesting boxes. These two don't seem to be regrowing their feathers though. There also seems to be some feather loss from them and/or others in the nesting boxes when they lay...soft fluffy feathers.

    Anyhow, I have crept in at night, searched with a flashlight, held birds upside down, inspected cracks and crevices, under wings, around vent areas, etc., and can't really find anything that might be bugging them or others. [​IMG] Any ideas on what might be going on and whether this is going in the right direction or not?

    THANKS!
     
  2. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    They only regrow feathers typically during moult. Are you sure they're not moulting?

    Is there a roo in the pen? The feather loss areas sound like it could be from the rooster treading their backs during breeding. It could also be due to feather picking especially if tail feathers appear broken. Keep an eye for that, as it can become a serious problem if it gets out of control.
     
  3. PortageGirl

    PortageGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Even though there are no mites or anything else, they don't just grow feathers because the pests are gone. They'll be bare till they moult. Sorry, it's frustrating but there ya go.
     
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2009

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