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Missing feathers on back of hens head. Solution?

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When my rooster mates with the hens it seems that he always has to grab them behind the back of their head with his beak. Well, now most of the feathers are missing from the girls head. Is this normal since he is a bantam? I do not remember how my standard rooster used to mate with the hens though, but this roosters behavior doesn't seem normal.

 

Experience with this?

In my house there are: 4 barred rocks, 4 welsummer bantams, 3 buff orpingtons, 6 rabbits (mini lops), 1 standard poodle, 1 leopard gecko. 
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In my house there are: 4 barred rocks, 4 welsummer bantams, 3 buff orpingtons, 6 rabbits (mini lops), 1 standard poodle, 1 leopard gecko. 
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That's what they do... The head grabbing, that is. I've had girls with bloody combs when my rooster was "learning" and would miss their feathers.

 

You could put a little iodine on them to turn their skin dark and avoid pecking.

 

How many ladies are in with him?

 

MrsB

Australorp Chickens | Nigerian Dwarf and mini-Alpine Goats | American Blue Rabbits

 

"If not now, when?"

 

Luke 22:36

Then said He unto them,

“But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it

and likewise his pack; and he that hath no sword,

let him sell his garment and buy one."

 

How I lost 70 lbs (and kept it off!): www.marksdailyapple.com

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Australorp Chickens | Nigerian Dwarf and mini-Alpine Goats | American Blue Rabbits

 

"If not now, when?"

 

Luke 22:36

Then said He unto them,

“But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it

and likewise his pack; and he that hath no sword,

let him sell his garment and buy one."

 

How I lost 70 lbs (and kept it off!): www.marksdailyapple.com

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Originally Posted by MrsBrooke View Post
 

That's what they do... The head grabbing, that is. I've had girls with bloody combs when my rooster was "learning" and would miss their feathers.

 

You could put a little iodine on them to turn their skin dark and avoid pecking.

 

How many ladies are in with him?

 

MrsB

2 roosters for 5. We have 9, but he only mates with a select 5, and sometimes 6.

 

Is the iodine bad if it touches their bald skin?

In my house there are: 4 barred rocks, 4 welsummer bantams, 3 buff orpingtons, 6 rabbits (mini lops), 1 standard poodle, 1 leopard gecko. 
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In my house there are: 4 barred rocks, 4 welsummer bantams, 3 buff orpingtons, 6 rabbits (mini lops), 1 standard poodle, 1 leopard gecko. 
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post #4 of 4

You want the idione on their bare skin. It's a disinfectant and hides bare, red skin (which can be a target for pecking, if you have a bully).

 

I feel like you should put your best male in with the 9, and separate the other rooster.

 

MrsB

Australorp Chickens | Nigerian Dwarf and mini-Alpine Goats | American Blue Rabbits

 

"If not now, when?"

 

Luke 22:36

Then said He unto them,

“But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it

and likewise his pack; and he that hath no sword,

let him sell his garment and buy one."

 

How I lost 70 lbs (and kept it off!): www.marksdailyapple.com

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Australorp Chickens | Nigerian Dwarf and mini-Alpine Goats | American Blue Rabbits

 

"If not now, when?"

 

Luke 22:36

Then said He unto them,

“But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it

and likewise his pack; and he that hath no sword,

let him sell his garment and buy one."

 

How I lost 70 lbs (and kept it off!): www.marksdailyapple.com

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