Frayed feather question...


10 Years
Jan 30, 2009
St. Amant, LA
I need help. I paired up our best cochin hen with a rooster for a few days, and now all of a sudden,
it looks like her tail feathers are all frayed out. I tried washing her, but it didn't help. We have
another show in about a month. Does anyone know how to remedy this?
I have raised cochins for a long time and this is probably due to the male depositing semen on the cushion feathers. Several of my hens have this same problem right now but once I put them in breeding pens I render them unshowable by trimming the vent feathers to facillitate better breeding and egg fertility.

Thanks Bo. That's what I thought it was at first, but I may have discovered something else.
I think that the rooster has pulled out the good feathers on top and I am actually now seeing
the feathers underneath which have more of that stringy underfluff.
So my next question is, how long does it take for those outer feathers to grow back?
If you pluck out the damaged feathers it will take about 8 - 10 weeks or you will have to wait until the molt occurs in mid to late summer.


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