roostet missing sickle feather

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mama of 4 girls, Sep 20, 2014.

  1. mama of 4 girls

    mama of 4 girls Out Of The Brooder

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    This may not be the right place to post this question, but I have a 13 week old rooster who is missing both his sickle feathers. I don't know if they fell out or were pulled. He seems fine otherwise. We have 7 pullets with him. They seem fine too. Haven't noticed anyone picking on him. Any ideas?
     
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Chicks go thru 3 or 4 molts before a year of age, he's probably about to grow some new larger ones.
     
  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    He's missing the sickle feathers because he hasn't grown in his adult plumage yet. Before a chicken becomes mature, it goes through three different sets of feathers. He should grow in the sickle feathers in a month or so.
     
  4. mama of 4 girls

    mama of 4 girls Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you!
     

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