Strange tail feathers on my hen... is this normal? (pics)

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CrazyForCochins927, Jan 12, 2011.

  1. CrazyForCochins927

    CrazyForCochins927 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my 4 mo old standard cochin hens has some strange tail feathers, and I was wondering if it was normal, or if they are getting at each other? It seems like 1 or 2 of her feathers are sticking straight up. I am not sure if it is the other hens pecking at her, or if it is our rooster trying to be amorous with her. [​IMG] I got all of my chickens at the same time, so they are all the same age. She tends to have the reddest face of all of the females, so I think she is the most mature, and wouldn't be surprised if it was the rooster. Does anyone have these type of feathers on their hens?

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  2. Choco Maran

    Choco Maran Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do not know much about cochins but it looks like she is just getting tail feather. I have several hens with tails like this {different breeds}
     
  3. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    You sure that's a pullet and not a slowly developing cockeral?
     
  4. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    Do I see saddle feathers?
     
  5. TrystInn

    TrystInn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its perfectly normal . . . for a cockerel.
     
  6. midd2005

    midd2005 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i had a 4 month old brahma with tail feathers like that. had me very worried for a long time. she is a hen though. the feathers smoothed out.
     
  7. CrazyForCochins927

    CrazyForCochins927 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am pretty sure she is a she. Here is a pic of her about a week ago next to the rooster her same age.

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  8. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    Could it be she's molting? Mine have tail feathers looking like that as they're coming back in. One or two appear to just stick out like that since they're lacking the full complement.
     
  9. CrazyForCochins927

    CrazyForCochins927 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That could be possible. I did notice some larger feathers in the coop lately. I was just worried that the other hens were pecking at her. She is one that comes and sits on my lap a lot. So I didn't know if she was bottom of the chain and being picked on. That, or she was being mated with.
     
  10. tinychicky

    tinychicky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    that's wierd... let us know if "she" starts crowing.
     

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