Hackle feathers broken off....why?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by momofthree, Sep 22, 2010.

  1. momofthree

    momofthree Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I noticed on my second in command teenage roo the last few days that his hackle feathers are broken off . Is this from a disease or are they getting picked off by other chickens? i don't see anything wrong with any of my hens, but there are a few hackle feathers like this on my main roo too, but no where near as severe as this guys. here are some pics:

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  2. RhodeIslandRedFan

    RhodeIslandRedFan Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. ThePolishPrincess

    ThePolishPrincess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Looks like he's molting. Wouldn't be surprised, I have a few boys doing the same thing right now. [​IMG]
     
  4. momofthree

    momofthree Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, i guess it could be molting, but i thought they had to be a year of age at least? This weekend he will be 22 weeks old [​IMG] But, yes, it looks like that picture.

    i did experience feather picking at the beginning of summer, but it was a bloody mess....there is no blood or sore spots, so for that i am thankful [​IMG]

    I will be hopeful this is what is going on [​IMG]
     

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