RIR Roosters not growing tail feathers

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jloftin60, Jun 20, 2009.

  1. jloftin60

    jloftin60 In the Brooder

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    I have two RIR roosters that are seven months old and thy are not
    growing tail feathers. The hens of the same age look great. The roosters
    look good except for the tail feathers. Any reason?
     
  2. cybercat

    cybercat Songster

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    Are these from a Breeder or hatchery?
     
  3. jloftin60

    jloftin60 In the Brooder

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    They are from a hatchery.
     
  4. cybercat

    cybercat Songster

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    Two thoughts one it could be a slow feathering gene BUT that usually effects more that one area. The other is you have a tail picker. It could be the roo himself doing that or a hen. Or he could just be tailless a gene quirk.
     

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