Pullet's tail feathers gone

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by epeloquin, Aug 6, 2011.

  1. epeloquin

    epeloquin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2011
    Western Massachusetts
    My girls are 15 weeks old. I have three RIR and three BR. One of the rocks is definitely the bottom of the pecking order. I've never seen them hurt her at all. She gets a little peck now and again but never anything serious. Anyway, after being away for a couple days we returned today to find she is missing all but two of her tail feathers. Just the long ones. I am wondering if she might be molting (there are a good number of feathers in the coop/run. Or might the others be pulling them out?
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Molting is supposed to begin at the head and neck.

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