Roos missing tail feathers!?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by epeloquin, Sep 8, 2011.

  1. epeloquin

    epeloquin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2011
    Western Massachusetts
    I went to the feed store with me son last week to get a sack of feed and in a pen outside they had 6 or 7 RIR roosters. All of them except one were missing ALL of their tail feathers. You could see their bald tails. They also were missing some cape feathers but not a lot. I am assuming that they are at the feed store for some rehab. I forgot to ask the folks at the store what happened but I wonder how this might have happened. They did not have any signs of fighting because their combs and wattles were fine. I know that when dogs get at a chicken they will sometimes get their tail feathers as they are chasing down the chickens. I was sad to see those beautiful, green feathers all gone.

    Any thoughts?
  2. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 28, 2010
    North Florida
    It is also possible that they are moulting. I have a game rooster that moulted his tail only.

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