Pin Feathers

Small and Backyard Flocks May 23, 2013 Print Friendly and PDF

A pin feather is a developing feather. A bird has down feathers when it hatches, and it grows mature feathers a few weeks later. Birds also grow new feathers after they have lost feathers during a molt. A pin feather looks like a small feather shaft.

Because a pin feather is still growing, it has a supply of blood flowing through it. If a pin feather is damaged, it will start to bleed. To stop the bleeding from a damaged pin feather, simply remove the entire feather from the skin follicle.

For more information, refer to the article "Anatomy of a Feather."

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.