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Bald, Tailless Rooster

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by TipsyDucklings, May 23, 2017.

  1. TipsyDucklings

    TipsyDucklings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Rooster has gone bald (he looks very similar to a monk) and has absolutely no tail, just a pink nub. They have a walk in/out chicken coop and a fenced in area to roam. He has about 16 hens and is the only Rooster in the flock. Could the hens be the ones pecking out his feathers? What can I do to help his feathers grow back?
     
  2. TipsyDucklings

    TipsyDucklings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've never seen the hens mess with him, and he was like this when I got him. I just don't understand why his feathers won't grow back.
     
  3. Abriana

    Abriana Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How long has he been missing feathers? he might be molting. In that case you don't have to be concerned. They molt every year at around the same time.
     
  4. TipsyDucklings

    TipsyDucklings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We've had him for just less than a year and he's been missing the feathers since then.
     
  5. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Might be mites,check all birds.
     
  6. brucifer

    brucifer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sounds more like your rooster IS bald instead of has gone bald.
     
  7. TipsyDucklings

    TipsyDucklings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What does that mean? He also has no tail....
    Is there any way to encourage the feathers to grow back?
     
  8. brucifer

    brucifer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Since you posted "...he was like this when I got him," your bird may genetically have neither head nor tail feathers. Usually chickens regrow feathers rather quickly; that's why I think it may be genetic.
     
  9. TipsyDucklings

    TipsyDucklings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That might be it then.
    Here's some pictures of his head and tail(or lack thereof) if that helps at all.
     

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  10. brucifer

    brucifer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hmmm...no, that doesn't look like a genetic issue. I appreciate the photos. None of my birds have ever had anything like that before. Check on here with @speckledhen . She's super nice, and if she doesn't know what is ailing your rooster, she can probably put you in touch with someone who does.
     

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