Odd indentations/crimping on tail feathers

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by RiddleMe, Oct 21, 2011.

  1. RiddleMe

    RiddleMe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not sure if this is the right thread for this, apologies if it isn't, I just didn't see one that really fit the topic. Anyway, I have a Black Ameraucana cockerel with these odd indentations/crimping on his tail feathers. At first I thought it was just damage (I got him at ~6 wks of age and he obviously had a brooder mate with a serious feather picking issue). But his new tailfeathers are growing in and seem to have the same issue... Any ideas what causes this and what it's called? Pics are all of the same feather, from both sides, this is one he dropped at about 4 months of age. You can see where at the tip the indentations are actually deep enough to create a "cut" in the feather.

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  2. GotGame

    GotGame Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say due to stress, i had some feather out like that due to extreme heat and dryness.
     
  3. WallTenters

    WallTenters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    x2, stress, heat or nutrition
     
  4. RiddleMe

    RiddleMe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks guys, that would make sense. Just wasn't sure if it was environmental or genetic.
     

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