Will my chickens get their feathers back?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by lhousesoccer, Feb 12, 2011.

  1. lhousesoccer

    lhousesoccer Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi - this is the first winter for my 11 chickens. We're totally snowbound with nearly 4 feet and they don't like going outside. They spend all their time in the coop, and this has resulted in them pecking each other alot. Right now, they look like rats with wings. Their butts are bare, and some have bare spots on their neck and breast.

    Will these feathers grow back?
     
  2. Wendy'sChicksRock

    Wendy'sChicksRock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine are doing the same thing.I'm sooo up set as my beautiful BLRW from fowleys is missing all her neck feathers now [​IMG] .. I really hope they grow back, she is very sweet and I paid a lot of money for her .. I'm hoping that they will molt then re grow all the feathers back.. I did trim the beak of the worst offender but I think I was a little late. They have lots of room and do go out on sunny days...
     
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  3. waryyear950

    waryyear950 Out Of The Brooder

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    Feathers do grow back. If there feathers are getting ripped out of their backs .You can put a chicken saddle on them .They also have wing protectors.They protect them when there molting,and when the rooster tears them out with his nails. They also protect against pecking.I found a good web site for chicken saddles.http://www.louisescountrycloset.com/
     
  4. GammaPoppyLilyFlutter

    GammaPoppyLilyFlutter Love Comes with Feathers

    Jun 26, 2010
    California
    They'll grow back. Feather picking is not uncommon for bored chickens. Sometimes, to keep the chickens from being too bored, people hang treats from the ceiling (such as lettuce and apples) just out of the chicken's reach so that the chickens will have fun jumping to snag bites of the food.
     
  5. jason736

    jason736 Out Of The Brooder

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    for coop bound birds we found that a " Purina Flock Block" helps cure boredom. we since have had a decrease in picking. It's a feed block compressed with molasses
     

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