- Sep 29, 2009
I was wondering if chickens lose all of their tail feathers when they molt? I've never seen it happen before, but one of the chickens that I entered in the fair suddenly lost all of her tail feathers. Her butt is still covered, because she still has all the smaller feathers, just her main larger ones are all gone. It happened all within a day or two, and I know that it wasn't another chicken pecking them because they don't have access to each other through the wire on the cages. However, I ahve noticed that people can just open up the cages without anyone knowing and touch the birds. They aren't suppose to, but it is possible. So I'm trying to figure out if chickens molt that fast, or if someone might've reached in and pulled out her tail feathers? A lot of the other chickens are molting too at the fair, but their tails don't look nearly as bad as my black Australorp's.