Rooster with No Feathers on his Rear - Can He Stay Outside?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by rm09boug, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. rm09boug

    rm09boug In the Brooder

    Oct 6, 2018
    Hey everyone, looking for some advice this morning. We had a coyote attack yesterday and though we feared the worst when we got out into the yard and saw all the feathers strewn about, it turns out the coyote only managed to pull the feathers out of our rooster's tail and a part of his saddle, with his only scrapes coming from the thorn bushes he escaped into.

    I brought him inside because he seemed to be in shock, and I wanted to monitor him. He's definitely back to normal, behavior-wise (guess who was crowing literally right outside my bedroom door at 4am this morning!), but the temperature has been ranging between 15-30 degrees (F) outside lately so I'm not sure if he should be outside without his down jacket.

    I'd hate to keep him cooped up and away from the flock (I also worry about reintroducing him, as we have a second rooster who is the king of the backyard), but I don't know how warm he can keep himself. Does anyone have experience with this? Advice?

    Thank you so much for taking the time to read this!

    (As a note, we're keeping the chickens in their run until we can get rid of that coyote, as the scrawny thing seems very desperate and very bold.)

    ETA: He's a buff orpington rooster, about six months old. We have a heater in our coop that keeps the area about ten degrees warmer than the outside temp (currently at 39*F)
  2. BarnhartChickens98

    BarnhartChickens98 Crowing

    Oct 28, 2018
    Manhiem, Pennnsylvania
    Can you post pictures of the rooster?
  3. ButtonquailGirl14

    ButtonquailGirl14 Crossing the Road

    Jul 13, 2017
    Northport WA
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  4. penny1960

    penny1960 Going back to La La Land

    Dec 29, 2015
    Mossyrock, WA
    Need the photos if he still has feathers over his body he can go out be fine
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  5. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Enabler

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    He should be fine as long as they don’t pick on him. I have had hens who were molting in winter who did fine. If you could post pictures, we might have more suggestions. Sometimes we can make no-sew polar fleece saddles or TShirts if they are really bare.
  6. penny1960

    penny1960 Going back to La La Land

    Dec 29, 2015
    Mossyrock, WA
    Our Pyrenees mix got in the chicken yard my boy took her away from his hens to protect them lost all his tail feathers but not a scratch.. she has not been in there without me before just got too wound up needles to say she is not loose with them now
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  7. Cragg Klefor

    Cragg Klefor Crowing

    Apr 14, 2017
    County Kilkenny, Ireland
    He should be fine, just make certain there are no hidden wounds or he could go downhill fast. If you have Blu kote it would really help to prevent pecking at his naked butt :hmm
  8. mew317

    mew317 Chirping

    Feb 9, 2018
    We got a polish rooster (named Elvis after some singer I believe for his hair on his head) without tail feathers. I believe he got em picked out however. Plus, adding he is something of a mean roo.
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  9. rm09boug

    rm09boug In the Brooder

    Oct 6, 2018
    Ah, that was silly of me; here’s a picture. The blue that you see was a scrape, I think from the thorns he got into, that I covered with some salve meant for poultry.

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  10. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    I'd put him back with the flock, but monitor closely so that they do not feather pluck his pin feathers when they start growing.

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