Rooster tail feather issues

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by MamaHawk, Jan 30, 2016.

  1. MamaHawk

    MamaHawk New Egg

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    So here's my roosters tail feathers. All the skin around his tail nub looks chapped and bloody, but this patch is the worst.

    At first I assumed this was stress-preening as we've been having to keep our birds inside because of the recent weather, but there was no blood on his beak this morning and his tail was fine yesterday. I've checked for mites and he has none; he still eats, drinks and dances around the hens.

    Advice?
     
  2. BoomChickaPop

    BoomChickaPop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    are his tail feathers completely gone?
    I can't really tell by this picture could you post one of his entire body please
     
  3. MamaHawk

    MamaHawk New Egg

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    That's the whole rooster. The injury in the picture is at the base of his tail nub.

    He still has all his tail feathers, there's just blood and chapped skin at the base of them.

    Sorry if the picture's bad... (゜▽゜;)
     
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  4. BoomChickaPop

    BoomChickaPop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The picture is fine
    It seems like a quil feather broke and he picked at it not really sure.
    You should put raw honey on it to heal the wound
    it will be gone in no time
    Has he been getting pecked on?
     
  5. Birdrain92

    Birdrain92 Overrun With Chickens

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    I see the nub. It looks like a feather might be coming out. That wouldn't cause blood. If the feather broke really close to the base and him pecking at it could cause it to bleed. Should be fine in a couple weeks. Make sure to separate him from others. Chickens will sometimes become cannibalistic if they see blood. Just to try and let it heal try to keep him by himself.
     
  6. MamaHawk

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    Yes, but only his comb.

    Perhaps the hens got a little more violent then usual...
     
  7. MamaHawk

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    I see, then I'll do just that. Thank you~! [​IMG]
     

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