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Re: Feather Growth and Condition 6 years 6 months ago #1095

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Would a lack of the above recomendastions cause a shorter than normal sickle feather on older birds.
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Re: Feather Growth and Condition 6 years 3 months ago #2377

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Is there a parasite that will cut a feather? I have a bird and his sickle feather has a perfect cut in it from the shaft out.
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Re: Feather Growth and Condition 6 years 3 months ago #2378


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Electrichicken wrote:
Would a lack of the above recomendastions cause a shorter than normal sickle feather on older birds.
Most of the older birds will have a shorter tail after they have molted.
There is a feather mite that will cut across the feather.
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Re: Feather Growth and Condition 6 years 3 months ago #2379

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That feather mite sure makes a clean straight cut. I have had no other signs of mites, but it won't hurt to treat the whole lot of them this evening. Thanks
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Re: Feather Growth and Condition 6 years 3 months ago #2382

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watch for mice, they will cut the feather.
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Feather Growth and Condition 4 years 2 months ago #12345

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Does anyone free range your potential show birds. I have a few culls I have turned loose and I think they have better feather quality than my penned birds. I know I need to cut back on my numbers and give them more room. I am a little stubborn but would be good if I could just follow the advice given by some of you guys. Heck I would do good to follow my own advice :)
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Feather Growth and Condition 4 years 2 months ago #12351


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I free range all my birds year round except breeding season, and when the ground is covered with snow. It does make a difference in feather quality.
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Feather Growth and Condition 4 years 2 months ago #12352


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I don't let mine run loose. I have a couple of 10x10 dog kennels and a couple other big pens. As they get old enough I fill them. Then every day I let a pen run all day do this to ever pen till the males start fighting then I single pen them the females run to get till 2 weeks before first show. I have outside and inside pens I always put the best birds outside on the ground they will be) better 2 to 1 than ones up off the ground there's just something about mother nature.
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Feather Growth and Condition 4 years 2 months ago #12369


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Your bird may have backed into the wire or something in his pen to get the feather damage electrichicken. I've had them do that. feather mites will usually damage more than one feather.
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Feather Growth and Condition 4 years 2 months ago #12371

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The cut in the tail feather doesn't happen much. I was ust wondering if there was a different kind of mite or bug that would cut the feather so clean as if with a razor. Thanks for the reply :)
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