tail feathers all pecked out

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by kristenm1975, Jul 24, 2008.

  1. kristenm1975

    kristenm1975 Songster

    Jul 23, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    I just brought home a little 2-3 month old black maran who'd entirely missing her tail. I'm new to chicken keeping and would like to know if tails usually grow back or whether I can expect to have a tail-less hen.


    ('ll add a picture tomorrow if I can get a close up of the area)
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    It will grow back over time.
  3. dixiechick

    dixiechick Songster

    One of my hens is completely bald on her backend! It's molting season too....she'll look a little "cooler" in the heat, but all will grow back!
  4. s6bee

    s6bee Songster

    Jul 1, 2007
    Western, NY
    I'm just getting back from vacation and my one hens that seemed ill prior to us leaving but got a bit better is now thin and bald on her but. She's looking a bit scrappy, so is this all part of molting? She's now active, her comb is bright red again.
    The other thing is, the person who was checking on the chickens every day, discovered one of our other hens dead. She said she was blue/grey looking, no signs of anything else and was fine the prior day? Any connections, or what?
  5. VetsJetsnGuns

    VetsJetsnGuns In the Brooder

    Jul 15, 2008
    I may or may not have something similiar. My blue cochin seems to do everything normal- and I saw him poop once and it looked exactly like all the others'. It looks like his whole rear end is naked. He does pick at areas around the vent, but I've not seen him pick at the vent itself. He's been giving himself a lot of dust baths in the pine shavings, but I don't think he's found the actual dust bath yet.

    If anyone can tell me what if anything is wrong, and what to do about it, I would greatly appreciate it. It's hard to tell in the pic- the wings and leg feathers make it look a lot less naked than it is.

    Here's a shot of chicken fanny...
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2008

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