Originally Posted by Vixend
Can anyone give me some insight on this? Went out this afternoon to find one of my Bourbon Red hens dead. Our Tom has blood all over his feet and head. From the looks of it, he pierced her back several times with his spurs. She was missing almost all her back feathers and was a bloody mess. Our other BR hen in the pen also has blood on her (looking like she joined in on the attack).
Our Tom is 3 yrs old, and not new to the mating game. He is a very tame bird and not aggressive at all (except with our Americauna Roo). Having a hard time figuring out what would cause him to do such a thing!
Any help would be appreciated. Would definitely like to prevent a reoccurrence!
He most likely mortally wounded her in an attempt to breed her. She was probably not cooperating in his breeding attempts. One thing that can help is to put turkey saddles on your hens.
If you do a search you can find posts relating to trimming the spurs to make them less dangerous.
My breeding tom did fine his first two years but was injuring the hens and causing low fertility rates during his third season because of his desire to just play around while on their backs. He will not be given the opportunity for a fourth breeding season. That is the only way that you can positively prevent your tom from doing further damage.