i’m lost about my rooster

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by joeahkwin, Jun 19, 2019.

  1. joeahkwin

    joeahkwin Hatching

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    so i have this rooster and was curious why his tail feathers are white and droopy? he’s not sick or anything. on the contrary, he’s super active, crows normally, and has no hesitancy chasing and squaring up against me. if it’s not caused from sickness, what is it? is this normal for roosters at some point in their life?
     

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  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Got my Puppy

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    Do you have a better picture? The white is just the down undercoat color. Different breeds have different tail sets.
     
  3. penny1960

    penny1960 Going back to La La Land

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    How old may be starting to molt but does not look so droopy to me
    better pictures will help
    Welcome to backyard Chickens also
     
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  4. chrissynemetz

    chrissynemetz Free Ranging

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    I can't really tell from the picture, but he might just be getting ready to molt. Their feathers can look really dull, rough, and worn out right before a molt :)
     
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  5. joeahkwin

    joeahkwin Hatching

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    sorry for being late. hopefully this is a better picture
     

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  6. joeahkwin

    joeahkwin Hatching

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    hey everyone i posted a better picture above !!
     
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  7. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Conserve Heritage Breed Livestock

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    The white is the under fluff at the base of the feathers. Its showing because he is missing some feathers between his saddle and main tail. He just needs to molt and he'll look "normal" again.
     
  8. penny1960

    penny1960 Going back to La La Land

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    Agree there nothing at all wrong poor boy is molting do not worry his feathers will come back if you want to help him a bit of yogurt or cottage cheese with scrambled egg will help
     
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  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Looks normal to me.
    Some birds have more fluff at the tail base than others.
    The long curved tail feathers are normal too, they are called sickle fathers.
     
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  10. joeahkwin

    joeahkwin Hatching

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    tysm everyone !! i kinda assumed he was molting but he’s been like this for a while now so i was getting worried haha.
     
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