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rooster losing tail feathers

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lolgan, Sep 6, 2009.

  1. lolgan

    lolgan In the Brooder

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    i've been finding his tail feathers everywhere and his tail is getting realllllly thin. plus some downy feathers are showing on his back.

    i havent really seen any hens pick at them although its a possibility.

    such a shame because he's so pretty.

    any ideas?

    thanks!
     

  2. chickenlady

    chickenlady Songster

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    Could be molting.
     
  3. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

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    Quote:I agree.
     
  4. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

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    Mine has molted his whole tail. I would guess that is what's happening with yours.
     
  5. lolgan

    lolgan In the Brooder

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    thanks guys. [​IMG] i wasnt sure if they molted their tail.
     
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Yep, I about cried when my roo lost his beautiful tail feathers to a molt. But they are back and beautiful again. [​IMG]
     
  7. ClareScifi

    ClareScifi Songster

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    My rooster turns 12 months old later this month. He is losing his tail feathers all over the place. Isn't it too early for him to be molting? I thought roosters didn't molt until 18 months old?

    What else could it be?

    Would lice or mites or parasites be more likely causing his tail feathers to fall out?
     

  8. kukree

    kukree In the Brooder

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    he most probably is moulting. I didn't know about moult when my cockerel started moulting, So I got a bit worried. it's worth having a check for mites in his feathers though
     
  9. ClareScifi

    ClareScifi Songster

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    Thankfully, he was just moulting. Scared me silly, though, not knowing. His feathers are beautiful now. I had read that the first molt is at 18 months, and he isn't even that old now. But finally I came across a site that said the age of first molt is dependent upon whether the rooster has gone through his first winter or not. Had I not read incomplete information first, I wouldn't have had to worry. Lots of incomplete info on the Internet. I guess it was assumed that everyone gets chicks in the spring, that no one hatches them in the fall and winters them over. LOL.

    But now I am dealing with a frostbitten comb. Always something!
     
  10. debid

    debid Crowing

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    I have a fall-hatched hen that molted with the big girls right at 12 months. I was surprised also.
     

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