Old Rooster developing a fluffy butt

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by NebraskaHick, Jun 21, 2016.

  1. NebraskaHick

    NebraskaHick Just Hatched

    Jun 21, 2016
    Central Nebraska
    Newbie here, but raised with chickens.
    My Rhode Island Red rooster is developing fluffy feathers at the base of his tail. He is 5 years old. In this picture the inset was taken about a year ago. Recently I noticed the fluff at the base of the tail. We had a hen that died a year ago, and he has been by himself since then. He follows us around like a puppy.
    Any ideas what would cause this? I think it spoils his regal look!

  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Could be a little bit of feather loss, but I'm surprised he's only just developing it now. Most of my cockerels and cocks have had this parting of feathers their entire adult lives.

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