chickens missing tail feathers

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Anarchy82, Nov 11, 2011.

  1. Anarchy82

    Anarchy82 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2011
    Stroudsburg, PA
    I just picked up some chicken from a farm. They were all kept in a barn, and hay was used on the floor.

    Some are missing all their tail feathers, some only a couple, and some are missing none. I got them on Wednesday.

    To me it seems like the are trying to set up who is in charge and they peck at each others tail ends. There was a lot in a small area. And I think that was some of the problem.

    Or could it be mites? But if it was mites, wouldnt they all be missing? Plus she had two different sections of chickens. And the other section was fine.
  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    It could be any number of things. It could be bugs. It could be molting. It could be feather picking. You are going to have to narrow the field down a bit. I'd start by checking the birds over pretty thoroughly for bugs.

    Good luck.

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