3 month old Welsummer Roo lost tail feathers

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by peepjoy, Sep 19, 2009.

  1. peepjoy

    peepjoy Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, I have a 3 month old welsummer roo that seems really healthy, but has lost his tail feathers. He is looking a little ratty with new neck feathers coming in and I am wondering if this is part of his natural growth process.

    I have 9 hens and two other roos (which are going to good homes shortly), but I have never seen anyone fighting or anything like that. No one else has lost tail feathers. Anyone out there with any ideas?

    Thanks,
    concerned chicken mom
     
  2. Elite Silkies

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    He may be loosing his juvenile feathers and growing his adult feathers.
     
  3. peepjoy

    peepjoy Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the quick response:D.

    That's what it seems like, but I didn't expect him to lose tail feathers.

    It's funny, unlike the other roos (1 BR and 1 PR), he has definitely gone through some awkward stages. Is that inherent to his breed?

    I know he is going to be sooo beautiful, but right now, he looks like a gangly teenager...lol!
     

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