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http://www.pigeons.biz/gallery/showimage.php?i=860&c=62
See how these feathers have fewer/shorter vanes along the lower part of the shaft? Is this normal for the feathers a juvenile pigeon grows in or more likely due to poor nutrition?

I've seen this before on feathers molted by a young bird I found who was starving and these are from Archie, who may not have had the best of nutrition when he was growing them in.

A more direct question is - do first molt body feathers look different from later molts? Thanks for any input!
 

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Thanks, Renee. Seems like the nutrition he received growing up wasn't the best. Can't undo his crippled legs, but he's grown some new feathers and is finally acting like a normal yearling. :D
 
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