Train Feathers??

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by bdfive, Oct 1, 2012.

  1. bdfive

    bdfive Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All my males have lost their train feathers and new have started to grow however I have a 2 year old Emerald Spalding that still has about 5 trailing behind him. Should I be concerned? There isn't some sort of condition that can cause this to happen, is there? Do some of you have peacocks still carrying some train feathers? Thanks.
     
  2. TerriLaChicks

    TerriLaChicks Overrun With Chickens

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    I only had 2 males old enough to have trains to lose, however, D'artagnan dragged one lonely, trailing tail feather for a couple of weeks after all the rest fell out. You don't know how tempted I was to yank it out. It was so pathetic-looking. He finally lost it -- after he already had two new "eyes" forming!
     
  3. bdfive

    bdfive Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for reply. Hopefully my boy is ok. About a year ago he spooked and hit his head but thankfully didn't break his neck. He was actually sold waiting to be picked up but I replaced him with another bird. I'll keep him forever now....am so attached. He's such a sweetheart. He'd laid around for about a week...was so concerned he wasn't going to make it but did. Only problem I see now is when he fans his neck leans over to one side a little...isn't straight up the middle. Pray there isn't some neurological damage that effects the feathers. LOL, I worry to much.
     
  4. new 2 pfowl

    new 2 pfowl Overrun With Chickens

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    I don't think this indicates any kind of problem.
    All of the guys here have lost their train feathers except for Skittles, who is trailing around a few strays.
    And last year Mr. Chuffy held onto two train feathers forever - I thought he was never going to drop them.
    I would definitely not worry about your boy!
     
  5. It is not a problem. When I have one that does this I generally catch it and pull them. They generally cast them when I try to catch them. I just like to make sure the pore is clear before the new feather starts.
     

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