Leghorn tail feathers look like fish bones

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by luvourchicks, Aug 17, 2014.

  1. luvourchicks

    luvourchicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi,
    Our white leghorn is a year old. She has been a daily layer since she began last fall. A few weeks ago her eggs became sporadic, and I also noticed her long tail feathers look like long fish bones- the side parts of the feather are gone... I have no idea if this is molting (in August?) or something more. I don't believe she is being pecked- no bare spots anywhere, just the long beautiful tail feathers now look quite...pokey.
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Molting usually happens in their second fall. That definitely affects laying. Now, just to be safe, if you can, grab her up and inspect her to make sure she doesn't have feather mites. But I'm betting she's having her first real molt.
     
  3. luvourchicks

    luvourchicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, I will check her tomorrow! Appreciate it. :)
     

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