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#1 2013-08-09 00:39:27

riverbendfarm
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From: Baker Settlement, Nova Scotia
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Bald Hens

I have a question. Three of my Buff Orpington hens are completely bald on their backs from a zealous rooster. The roo has been reformed but the girls are still bald several weeks later. They wore chook saddles to no avail. Should I be worried? Should I put the saddles back on them or will that interfere with feather regrowth? Not certain when they will moult but the damage is such that the feathers are not growing back and the girls are looking horrid. They even have broken primaries. I'm worried that the colder temps of fall may catch them underdressed and they are "not food". Suggestions or tips?


No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.
~Heraclitus

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#2 2013-08-09 00:51:36

Susan
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From: Saskatoon, Sask, Canada
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Re: Bald Hens

I'll bet they will moult and grow a new crop of feathers before it gets cold.

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#3 2013-08-09 01:11:28

poplar girl
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Re: Bald Hens

A broken feather will not come back in until the hen molts. If the feather is removed entirely it will grow back within about 10 weeks.

I have a few hens here with some fairly bald backs too riverbend so fon't feel too bad. A saddle is a good idea as it prevents sun burn and also reduces the likelyhood of one of the other hens becoming a feather picker, little feathers just growing in can be very tempting. I have never had a problem with the saddles inhibiting feather growth so I think it should help not hinder.


Raising red cuckoo (marraduna) Euskal Oiloak and self blue (lavender) & black Belgian Bearded d'Uccles.

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#4 2013-08-09 01:49:03

Flat Rock Farm
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From: Branchton, Ontario Canada
Registered: 2011-07-03
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Re: Bald Hens

Your not the only one Chad, you should see my EO hens :shock:  One is so bad the only feathers she has is the top of her head, her wings and a few tail feathers.  I figured she is Kazoo's favorite gal :whistle: 

I will be taking Kazoo away from the girls by September so hopefully they will go into their moult around that time and grow back before it gets cold, or I will be making them all sweaters to keep them warm :Crazy:

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#5 2013-08-09 13:34:08

hollowridge
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From: Lunenburg, County, Nova Scotia
Registered: 2013-03-25
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Re: Bald Hens

This is what one of our girls looks like :sad:

http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a601/hollowridge/UploadAug92013004_zpsd5b9a8fa.jpg

It sounds like everyone is in the same boat.  This started to happen in April, we had a saddle and wing guards on her for months and no luck.  Our big roo is now gone and she is kicking the young ones butts now so we have taken it off to give her a break. :jumping:  Her back looked the same with or without the saddle and wing guards.  Her poor wings look so sore but nothing has changed in months and she doesn't seem to have a problem with it. No open wounds and she has lots of shaddy spots so just waiting for her to moult so she will be as pretty on the outside as she is on the in!!:P

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#6 2013-08-09 18:50:39

Flat Rock Farm
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Re: Bald Hens

I wonder if she has some sun burn on those wings?? :huh:

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#7 2013-08-10 12:10:38

hollowridge
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From: Lunenburg, County, Nova Scotia
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Re: Bald Hens

Flat Rock Farm wrote:

I wonder if she has some sun burn on those wings?? :huh:

Don't think so as they were like that when we had the saddle and wing guards on her.  They are reder sometimes and lighter next ! :huh:

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#8 2013-08-12 21:48:47

Little Boy Blue
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From: Marble Falls, Texas
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Re: Bald Hens

Yep, our girls were getting bald too so my wife got them aprons two weeks ago.  You can read her full story on the EO aprons on her blog. 

http://motherhensgardenkitchenandcoop.b … prons.html

Here is a photo of one the well dressed hens.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hjBt_FqhxA4/UgZIBgQAlKI/AAAAAAAAASc/-g-6Gg1jV_o/s1600/Cotton+with+apron+snip.JPG


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#9 2013-08-28 22:40:09

riverbendfarm
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From: Baker Settlement, Nova Scotia
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Re: Bald Hens

Good news, the feathers are starting to grow back! :excited:


No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.
~Heraclitus

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#10 2013-08-28 23:31:03

Flat Rock Farm
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Re: Bald Hens

:thumbsup:

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#11 2013-08-29 00:22:52

Maggiesdad
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From: Louisa County, Virginia
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Re: Bald Hens

Throw the protein to them! :eat:

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