Hello folks, I'm wondering what is going on with my cockerel's tail feathers. Most of them still seem to be in their 'casing'...is it because he's not preening properly? I've not seen this happen before and although he seems healthy and alert, he looks a mess!! Also, his legs looks silvery...I first noticed this a few months ago and I now don't know if they've always been silvery, or if they've changed. He's less than 2 years old...maybe they change colour as they mature? They haven't changed in texture since I noticed the colour...they are a little scaly I guess, but not excessively and it's not increasingly worsening. He was given to me by a neighbour who had too many cocks, and roosts high in a tree and is pretty wild so any hope of catching him could take days and I think he'd fly off as his wings aren't clipped. When it rains he goes in the coop with the girls but mostly he's out in the woods and joins his girls in the morning. He's not aggressive...but then again I've not tried to catch him to test his temper..... Any advice, suggestions etc would be most appreciated.