Chicken's feather shafts not coming in right??

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chicken singer, Nov 8, 2016.

  1. chicken singer

    chicken singer Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey BYC,
    One of my hens is almost finished with her pre-winter molting. However it appears like something is wrong with her tail feathers. Instead of the shafts breaking and the feathers coming out, the shafts have not broken and have been 5 inch long porcupine quills for about 2 weeks, without the feathers emerging. The most that the feathers come out is 1/2 an inch at the top of the shaft.
    Should I do something, or is this ok? I cant remember it happening to any of my hens before.

    Thanks
    Autumn
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Sometimes it helps to see a picture or two. Others may chime in as well.
     
  3. cluckcluckgirl

    cluckcluckgirl Queen of the Coop Premium Member

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  4. MrsBrooke

    MrsBrooke Chillin' With My Peeps

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    x3.

    Could it be possible that she's getting pecked?

    MrsB
     

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