My chicken is losing tailfeathers?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by 1crazycock, Jul 23, 2010.

  1. 1crazycock

    1crazycock New Egg

    Jul 19, 2010
    I have a deleware hen that was a survivor of a raccoon attack. She got an injured toe, and her wing got a little scrape, but other than that she is ok. She has looked and acted great, really normal. About a month has gone by now and she has lost all but a couple of her tailfeathers, and just wanted to know why this would be. She is 2nd on the pecking order and no other chickens mess with her, so Im not sure whats going on. Any one have any ideas?
  2. MiniBeesKnees

    MiniBeesKnees Chillin' With My Peeps

    Is she maybe molting?

    I have a little OE red pyle rooster that I pulled all his tail feathers out by accident trying to catch him...and a month later they are all growing back in just fine.
  3. tinychicky

    tinychicky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 24, 2010
    Hollis, New Hampshire
    molting or she may still be recovering from the shock or the attack-chickens with anxiety issues tend to pull out feathers although i'm not sure why. it should stop soon enough.
  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    First off, welcome to BYC. I agree with the others, sounds like a mini molt to me. The tail feathers will grow back in time. But just to be on the safe side, visually inspect her tail area for lice/mites.
  5. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    I agree with dawg! Check for lice or mites, and if that's not it, possibly a molt. If you're sure she's not being feather pecked, then I'm betting on the molt.
  6. turtleshoes

    turtleshoes New Egg

    Nov 4, 2009
    One of my hens is losing her tail feathers and she is not laying for over a week now. If anyone would like to comment I would really appreciate it. I also noticed that, at night, she is no longer roosting with the other hens but sits alone.

    I watch them during the day but they seem to all get along okay.
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2011
  7. susanp970

    susanp970 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 12, 2011
    I will check my girl for bugs, I thought she might be building a nest as I have found numerous feathers in a nest? I don't know if they do that.

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