Losing tail feathers

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by hennotrooster, Sep 28, 2012.

  1. hennotrooster

    hennotrooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My hen (who took the place of our lost roo) is now loosing her tail feathers. What can be causing this? Will scratch cause them to make a sound like a squeaky toy? Thanks
     
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Could she be molting?
     
  3. PJ22

    PJ22 Out Of The Brooder

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    My hens occasionally look like their tails have been bobbed. I wondered if they get broken off during mating. My rooster is big and a little clumsy. And that squeaky toy sound? Yes! My hens and rooster make that noise when they are eating scratch. I wondered if it was a sneeze...from that white dust in the scratch.
     
  4. Frizzle13

    Frizzle13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Probably just moulting
     
  5. hennotrooster

    hennotrooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The squeaky sound is strange and my two older girls did not do this it is the younger ones that seem to make this noise. I almost wonder if the scratch is getting stuck in their throats and this is the way they clear it...maybe.

    We no longer have a roo she started to shed her tail feathers a few days ago she now has one dark one left the rest a short soft feathers.
     
  6. hennotrooster

    hennotrooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought she might be molting but she started growing new pin feathers on her lower back so I thought the molting was over. Oh she seems to have a lot of fine white feathers poking through her darker feathers and the feathers around her neck are very shiny and new looking but her tail looks awful and the last 3 days she started to lay again. She is going through something.

    Her sister lost most of her back feathers but they are almost all in now I can no longer see her skin [​IMG] I was putting aloe vera on her because she was getting sunburned this was actually the only time that she let me catch her.
     

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