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rooster loses hackle feathers every year

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by curlycue212, Feb 15, 2017.

  1. curlycue212

    curlycue212 Out Of The Brooder

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    every year my 6 yr. old roo molts and his feathers come in and he looks great. By the end of Jan. he loses his hackle feathers on his back leaving just the down feathers. Looks ugly then.
    Any info about this. None of the other birds lose any feathers. Not sure if it is bugs or not. Have dusted him in the past several times.[​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2017
  2. The Golden Egg5

    The Golden Egg5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think he is just finishing up his molt when this happens. I don't think it is anything to be worried about. :)
     
  3. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    My first suspicion, given this description, is that he is being henpecked - the hackle feathers are common targets as they are very attractive feathers.
     
  4. curlycue212

    curlycue212 Out Of The Brooder

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    yes,, but they stay gone all year until the next molt
     
  5. curlycue212

    curlycue212 Out Of The Brooder

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    i guess could be, but usually he is on roost by himself. the hens roost on another next to him. (have 2 roosts in henhouse) .maybe they do it in the pen during lthe daytime
     

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