Originally Posted by ggrap
Hello. Not sure if this is in the correct category. I purchased these 7 Lavender Wyandottes as day olds in July. I am wondering if they have frayed tails?
If they do how does this affect their sale-ability? Will all of their offspring have the same tails? The roo in the back is a Lav Orpington and looks to have a more normal tail.
OK, in this section, we don't use kiddie slang, we use proper terms such as cockerel or young male,. Now, on to your questions.
Feather quality is largely heritable. You'd have to see the parent stock to know for certain . Further, shredded looking tail feathers can also be caused by poor diet or a sleeping arrangement that caused the feathers to be jammed up and shredded. Further, infestation of pest can also cause loss of feather quality. Given the age of the bird, it is also possible that these are temporary juvenile feathers which they moult away as they come nearer to maturity.
I would suggest you begin with these two steps. Be sure they are being fed a high quality feed, one that contains the amino acids provided by animal protein. Vegetarian feeds are vogue, but they must substitute certain artificial synthetic ingredients to replace those nutrients that only animal protein can provide.
I would also dip the birds in a solution of warm water and a quarter cup of permethrin dissolved into the tote. Bathe them, swishing them in the solution for a full minute or two.
Once these two basics are covered, feed and pests, then just wait. Give them lots of outdoor time and space to grow out. Time will tell the tale of their tail feathers.