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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chicklin, Nov 16, 2009.

  1. chicklin

    chicklin Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all, I have a question. Why do chickens tail feathers fall out? One of my realitives asked me and wanted me to find out. Any help will be appreaciated![​IMG]
     
  2. A1 Steak Sauce

    A1 Steak Sauce Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, when they molt or when something plucks them.
     
  3. chicklin

    chicklin Out Of The Brooder

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    are you sure that would be the only explanation
     
  4. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

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    What? Do you have another explanation in mind?! A1 Steak Sauce covered it.
     
  5. waterpossum

    waterpossum Out Of The Brooder

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    they/re not using them to write home to momma! (quills) do they free range? maybe a predator grabbed one by the tail and pulled them out aka fox or dog. other than that A1 is correct a mundo! do you have a reason to think otherwise?
     
  6. chicklin

    chicklin Out Of The Brooder

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    oh, i was just wonderin if there could be any other possibility of something else
     
  7. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

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    I can't think of any.
     
  8. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they have a bad case of mites or lice, they could be pulling them out themselves to try and get rid of or get at the bugs. Have you checked for tiny bugs on them?
     
  9. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Poor diet and/or overcrowding can cause them to pluck feathers too. It all pretty much comes down to molting or being plucked, but there can be multiple reasons for plucking.
     
  10. chicklin

    chicklin Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks for all the help!!!
     

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