Question by  Rachel67 (41)

Why is my chicken losing feathers near its tail?


Answer by  wucker (46)

Chickens go through an annual molt. if the chicken is losing wing and breast feathers as well this is probably the case.


Answer by  herrturk (5)

Losing feathers can be part of the natural process of feather rejuvenation called moulting. Feathers can become damaged over time and need to be replaced.


Answer by  snappies (579)

It's possible that your other chickens are picking on this bird. Sometimes when chickens get bored, they pick on each other. Stress can also cause a chicken to lose feathers.


Answer by  MsLizziebug (833)

It sounds like you have a feather picking issue. Some strains of chickens are cannibalistic. They may be crowded, try giving them free range. High-fiber seeds, rolled oats and alphalfa hay may help.


Answer by  superdavedj (28)

It is getting ready to be eaten. Now all you have to do is get the other feathers off before you cook him.

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