Roos missing tail feathers!?

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

  1. epeloquin

    epeloquin Songster

    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 Songster

    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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