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Rooster with downward growing tail feathers

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Mmudge, Jul 9, 2016.

  1. Mmudge

    Mmudge New Egg

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    Hi all, I was wondering if anyone has any experience with a rooster who's tail feathers are growing down. I noticed last week he had gnats flying around his back side and he was laying down a lot. I lifted up his tail and found a large golf ball sized mass of built up poop attached to the feathers right under his anus. I removed it with mineral oil and washed the area with iodine just in case. I am noticing the gnats are back again and I am wondering if I should clip off his droopy tail feathers? He's only 3 months old and never really had much of a tail to begin with. Any suggestions would be appreciated![​IMG]
     
  2. CluckerCottage

    CluckerCottage Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes, you can clip the poop problem feathers off.
    I have this issue with my BR hens. Lots of butt fluff and they sure can accumulate lots of poop in a short while.
    I am a nervous Nellie regarding fly strike so I keep them all clipped and clean.

    Check his butt very well for maggots and more junk since you say he's being messed with by gnats. Is there a rotten odor?
    Fly strike is a nightmare- I don't wish that for anyone!
     
  3. Mmudge

    Mmudge New Egg

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    I did not see any maggots or notice any not normal foul odor, I think I caught it in time luckily. He got a nice little hair do job yesterday and appears to be helping so far, no messy feathers I can see. Thank you for your help I'm new to chickens this year and having hatched them myself I get nervous when I see things a bit off. :)
     
  4. CluckerCottage

    CluckerCottage Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ok, glad things are looking up!
    Best wishes.
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Does he have a normal tail anatomy...wonders if he's a rumpless cross?
     

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