missing tail feathers

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by pippo, Feb 1, 2015.

  1. pippo

    pippo Chirping

    Feb 1, 2015
    We introduced 4 new chooks 2 weeks ago - 2 Pekings, a polish and an australorp to our existing 2 silkies (1 hen, 1 rooster). Note the Pekings and polish have been together since quite young - now approx 22 weeks
    One of the Pekings already had missing tail feathers and they are growing back but getting plucked by one of our girls just as quick.
    We noticed yesterday the polish - who had full tail feathers, was bloody. Clotty or claggy type blood. The feather had been broken off at the shaft (??) I would also guess it's called the base.
    I cleaned.with warm salty water and today I found another feather. No blood and can't confirm it's new.
    Are they still sorting out.the pecking order or should I separate them? Not sure who is guilty!

    Thanks in.advance, still new to byc keeping. Learnt a bunch with so, so much more to go.

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