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post #11 of 17
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I have a few hens that are missing neck and back feathers and it's actually the rooster getting aggressive during breeding. He never did that until he got a month or so older. I also have a hen that plucks the feathers out of the hens lower in the pecking order but only when they are in her space.

Mine started back in the winter before I picked up the roo. It's been getting worse started with a few hens - now I have 13 out of 17 hens with missing back or tail feathers. Time to put a stop to it... You can read more about it here http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1093526/rir-tail-feather-loss#post_16807692
Edited by crealbilly - 4/5/16 at 3:39pm
post #12 of 17

Shucks! Good luck catching her! I haven't had that problem yet, but I have seen it a lot on here. I've only had chickens a little over a year tho!

post #13 of 17
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Shucks! Good luck catching her! I haven't had that problem yet, but I have seen it a lot on here. I've only had chickens a little over a year tho!

We are in the same boat... My group of Reds is a little over a year old now.
post #14 of 17
I guess it is breeding season
post #15 of 17
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How are things going with the hens sitting on the eggs? Did you move them, or leave them?

Well I have the same RIR hen sitting in one of the nest boxes 3 days now. Every time I open the door she squaks are me and tries to peck my hand if it gets close to her. I'm thinking of sticking a few more eggs under her.

But I'm not sure if I should move her or just leave her be? I have a large dog kennel that I could line with hay and stick her and the eggs in. She would be safe in there but I'm just not sure if that the right thing to do or not. I guess I need to tap in the brain trust of you all here at BYC, to help me determine the best course of action.
Edited by crealbilly - 5/6/16 at 11:53am
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Well I have the same hen sitting in one of the nest boxes 3 days now. Every time I open the door she squaks are me and tries to peck my hand if it gets close to her. I'm thinking of sticking a few more eggs under her.

But I'm not sure if I should move her or just leave her be? I have a large dog kennel that I could line with hay and stick her and the eggs in. She would be safe in there but I'm just not sure if that the right thing to do or not. I guess I need to tap in the brain trust of you all here at BYC, to help me determine the best course of action.

 

 

 

I would leave her where she is at. I moved my only hen that ever went broody and she was not happy and abandoned the eggs. So if I have another hen decide to sit on eggs again, I will not move her just for that reason. But I am by no means an expert so I a hoping that someone else chimes in with some great advice for you on that.  I would stick a few more eggs under her for sure tho.

post #17 of 17
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Best i could tell she had 4 eggs under her. I put 3 more under her. She does not want to be bothered.
Edited by crealbilly - 5/12/16 at 1:00pm
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