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Rooster had tail feathers now doesn't.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by momofchicks, Jul 24, 2008.

  1. momofchicks

    momofchicks Songster

    Apr 23, 2008
    My Deleware Rooster had 3 very long tail feathers that curled down, then the other day I noticed they were all missing. Could he be sick or did the other Roo's peck them out? What should I look for?
  2. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member 10 Years

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Michigan
    Could he be moulting?
  3. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

    Apr 4, 2007
    Mansfield, MO
    yes, I would say one of the other chickens are pulling them out.
  4. Jenski

    Jenski Songster

    Jun 17, 2008
    Middle Tennessee
    If you sit and watch the chix long enough you will probably find that one (or more) of his pen-mates is pulling them out. Some will even EAT the plucked feathers.

    Feather plucking is a nasty habit, and although it may be just a dominance issue with the roos it can be a habit that others learn. It can sometimes lead to more serious cannibalism, and even death of the "victim" in extreme cases. If you have space to separate him from the others until he is healed, you may want to move him to where he is safe. You may also want to discover and remove the culprit, especially if he/she is picking others as well.

    Good luck!

    Jen in TN

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