I received an email on asking me what birds these feathers might be from.
Here is some photos I was sent, along with a description.
In the first 2 pictures the feathers are golden on
the ends and one is 5 inches long, the other is 5 1/2. And in the
last 2 pictures the feathers look like there are blackish stripes
but in the light you can see a green as the pictures show. One is 6
inches the other 6 1/2.The feathers are very flexable...not stiff
like most feathers seem to be. I found them on a baseball field
while my daughter was practicing soccer (it was at night & the
baseball fields have lights unlike the soccer fields) it is with
next to a very small "nature area" . There were a lot more feathers
just outside the fence on the baseball field but I didn't go over
there. Anyway, these feathers were unlike any we have seen & I
thought I'd ask the bird pros about them.
Here are the responses
They appear to be
from a rooster; the first ones are neck hackles and the second
look like tail coverts- the long curving feathers that cover the
tail proper on a rooster. If I had to narrow it down to breed,
I'd suggest Brahma, guessing from the barring and the green
iridescence on the tail covert feathers. But that's just a
guess:-) It's been a while since I had any chickens around
Could they be rooster feathers?
My sister raises
all kind of chickens. I sent her a copy of your pictures. Here
is her response for what it is worth. "I don't think the
feathers are chicken. They come from the bird's body with all
the down around the base. I can't find my chicken book to use
proper terms. The top picture is too tapered and pointed. The
bottom are too curvy unless rooster tail and they are not that.
If there were more feathers, it could be that the bird was
captured and left feathers in the struggle. Anyway, it looks
like they are all body feathers, not wing or tail. Check, but I
think feathers release when bird under attack. They do with