What's up with these weird tail feathers?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by susanah, May 11, 2011.

  1. susanah

    susanah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is this a rooster thing? or a breed thing?
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  2. madamwlf

    madamwlf Nevermore Acres

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    I would say possibly feather picking.
     
  3. susanah

    susanah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He is only 5 weeks old...haven't seen any feather picking from 2 others...
    looks like one feather growing off the tip of another feather in several
    places.
     
  4. madamwlf

    madamwlf Nevermore Acres

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    It could be one of the other two feather picking her tail feathers. I have one or two that look like that too and I know mine were feather picked. Feather picker was removed.
     
  5. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Two things appear to be going on. The first set of tail feathers are in process of being replaced by heavier more pigmented second set. The bird may also be getting feather trampled or pushed up against something while roosting / sleeping causing barbs to fray.
     
  6. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    They look just like one of my chicks wing feathers. She likes to sleep right up against the wire [​IMG]
     

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