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Hens are messing with roo's beautiful tail feathers..WHY?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by pinkchick, May 17, 2009.

  1. pinkchick

    pinkchick "Ain't nuttin' like having da' blues"

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    It seems like my hens are preening my roo's tail feathers for him. They are not pecking but rather preening.......what gives and why would they do this to his beautiful tail feathers. You can see how frazzled they look in this pic. I hope they stop.

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    *edited to say* I HATE MY CAMERA! Doesn't matter what setting it is on, the pic's still come out fuzzy.
     
    Last edited: May 17, 2009
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Nitpicky women! I have one hen who always plucks my rooster's saddle feathers. It's just her and she only plucks the rooster, silly girl. Not sure why they do that. My rooster has the patience of a saint!
     
  3. pinkchick

    pinkchick "Ain't nuttin' like having da' blues"

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    Thanks Speckledhen! I know they are not plucking him and he doesn't seem to mind....but they have made a mess of his pretty tail. I wish they would stop. He is my favorite Wellie roo. [​IMG]
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Lil' Bit preens Thor's saddle feathers whenever he holds still long enough. Who knows why?! I stopped trying to get inside a chicken's head long ago. [​IMG]
     
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I saw the Delawares preening one particular cockerel's sickle feather the other day and they were ragged like your boy's. Who knows what's in their little chicken brains?
     

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