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rooster lost all tail feathers

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by sweet koko, Oct 25, 2015.

  1. sweet koko

    sweet koko In the Brooder

    Sep 27, 2015
    This rooster is now 20 weeks. At 6 weeks he was bitten in the butt by a coyote. He crawled out of the woods 12 hours later with his wounds covered with maggots. After 2 days of war on the maggots he started getting better and 2 weeks later he was in full health with just couple of tail feathers missing and integrated with the flock. About 3 weeks ago he started to lose the rest of the feathers and now he is completely tail less. There is no evidence of any pecking,at least I have never witnessed any of our other roosters or hens even paying any attention to his tail and we do spend fair amount of time with or around the flock. (our flock was hatched in June so all 9 are about 20 weeks old). Not that it matters but is he going to remain tail less? Another questions. We are getting addicted to chickens. With 4" x 8" chicken coop and 7 nesting boxes, how many more can we get without overcrowding the coop?
    We now have 9. Thanks for helping.

  2. JanetMarie

    JanetMarie Crowing

    Oct 23, 2014
    If unsure, it's always better to give them more room than less, so I would wait until you need more egg layers before adding more. Being 20 weeks old they'll lay well for quite a while. So, just be patient and enjoy the ones you have now.

    In my opinion, roosters with short tails are quite adorable. As long as he's healthy and there's no infection at the base of the tail feathers, you probably won't know if he'll stay tailless until molting time. Sounds like he had quite an ordeal, and he's very fortunate.
  3. sweet koko

    sweet koko In the Brooder

    Sep 27, 2015
    Thank you. You are so right, we'll try to be more patient.
  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    x2 on this advice.
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    do you think you got all the maggots, they can circulate, through the body
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
  7. sweet koko

    sweet koko In the Brooder

    Sep 27, 2015
    I think we did, he recovered completely and has had no negative symptoms since then. Would there be any symptoms?
    Thank you

  8. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    Earlier this year while trying to catch my polish rooster I grabbed him by the tail and out came his whole tail feathers, that was five months ago, we culled him a month ago and his tail had never really grown back in in that time, I think it will take your rooster a long time and maybe won't be back to normal until his first molt next year, though if he hasn't finished his baby molts he might still get it back but it will take a while.

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