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TOPIC: Age and feather growth

Age and feather growth 6 years 3 weeks ago #816


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I was wondering around what age does a cockerel get his last and final set of feathers? I assume this would be the time one would need to separate and place in conditioning pens.
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Re: Age and feather growth 6 years 3 weeks ago #822


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They need to be put in separate pens way before that in my opinion. Cockerels are separated to individual pens at around 12 weeks around here. At least the survivors are anyway. Not all of them remain there. As I see something I don't like developing they are culled and another bird moves in to take it's spot. I believe it was said that males put in 17 different sets of feathers before having their mature feathers come out. Not sure if that is true but I think I read it somewhere. Hard to say what age they are truly finished as I think environment, diet and climate all play a role in determining this.
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Re: Age and feather growth 6 years 3 weeks ago #823


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I've never heard 17 sets of feathers before but I have heard 7, but whichever you are right about seperating at about 12 weeks. Thats about the age some of my little males want to start trying to rule the pen and I think its better to just go ahead and seperate them at this point and let them finish out.
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Re: Age and feather growth 6 years 3 weeks ago #827


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WOW! ya'll keep this thing going cause I'm really enjoying this and wanting to learn
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Re: Age and feather growth 6 years 3 weeks ago #829


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I was thinking around 12 weeks. Thanks for all the replies.
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Re: Age and feather growth 6 years 3 weeks ago #836

I have definitely found that this is the age to seperate them but if you spot broken feathers should you just leave them be or pull them?
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Re: Age and feather growth 6 years 3 weeks ago #837

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ktown if itsa baby feather dont worry it will fall out but final feathers that are damaged can be pulled it takes about 6 weeks to grow back sometimes it will not or come back short
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Re: Age and feather growth 6 years 3 weeks ago #838

At what age are the feathers going to be adult feathers?
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Re: Age and feather growth 6 years 3 weeks ago #842


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At 12 weeks just leave the feather molt on it's own. For a older bird don't just pull it you run the risk of damaging the feather follicle and not having another one grow back in. Cut the feather about 1/2 way down and leave like that a week then go back and pull it. For main tail, sickles and wings it will take 10 to 12 weeks to be fully replaced, finished and dried up with no blood in the shaft so you gotta plan ahead.
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Re: Age and feather growth 6 years 3 weeks ago #852


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I had a damaged sickle that has taken 3 months to come back. I don't think it will ever match the other one. Maybe when he goes thru a natural molt, but who cares, he's in the breeder pen now.
I have pulled damaged wing feather on a young pullet and they came back perfect. You do have to plan ahead and do the math.

Next time I will cut first. Thanks for that info!!!
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