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Need help: chicken with rough skin and lethargic

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I have 3 Brahmas, 2 hens and a rooster. One of the hens has been in the house the past few weeks when their coop was attacked by a possum. She was missing skin on her neck and needed to heal. The other hen has been with the rooster. Today she was acting really tired and her back is missing feathers with really rough skin. She's eating and just laid an egg this morning. I don't really know what else to do aside from separate her from the rooster as well for rest and TLC. Any suggestions would be appreciated. She doesn't seem to have any other symptoms at this point. Thinking the rooster may need to go because I'm afraid the same thing will happen if we let the healed hen back out with him.
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Welcome to BYC. Maybe just place him in a crate with food and water during the day, and let him be with the hens on the roost at night. You will need to get more hens for him, or the hens will probably be overmated and have feather loss. I have a separate flock of 1 rooster and 2 hens apart from my larger flock, and they do okay together. But normally, roosters need more hens. Some experts say at least 10, but you may get by with a few more. However, if you are limited on how many you can have, it might be best to rehome the rooster. That is sad, but may be necessary. Watch out when your injured hen goes back in with the others, that they don't peck her. They will have to get used to her again, and there will probably be some pecking.
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Thank you for the advice. That may happen with the 8 others that we have next to him. Unfortunately, the hen passed away earlier this evening
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