White tail feathers?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ChickPeas, Dec 31, 2009.

  1. ChickPeas

    ChickPeas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a 2 yo NHR roo who molted this fall. The base of his tail feathers have since been turning white! Is this a common thing after molt?

    Thanks!!
     
  2. Brindlebtch

    Brindlebtch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2009
    Texas
    Sure its not just dirt from dust bathing?
     
  3. ChickPeas

    ChickPeas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh no. They are turning white. It's nasty wether now but I'll try to get a photo of it. He started out with the black/dark green feathers and from the base to about half-way up, they are now snow-white!
     
  4. Tam'ra of Rainbow Vortex

    Tam'ra of Rainbow Vortex Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mind you this has been YEARS and I don't know what breed they were, but I had roos whose tails went white at the base. It started with one (our head rooster) and after that some of our younger ones had it too (and it was always one of the white tailed who inherited the throne). It could just be a genetic thing. Or like grey hairs in people. At a certain age our hair just stops making color. It happens to some in the 60's, some in their teens. It is different for each human, so I don't see why chickens can't be the same way.
     

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