My SIL came over tonight to give me a conure named Maggie who needed a home. While she was here, I asked her to check on my girls. What I had assumed to be a too rough rooster, she seems to think is hen pecked. I have saddles on the girls when they aren't being washed but it doesn't seem to be doing much good. So, now that changes things a bit. What can I get locally to help their backs if it is hen pecked? I'm off to Big R tomorrow to pick up some straw and some ivermectin as the all the babies are now 4 months old.
I feel like such a dunce to not to have figured it out. She also brought one of my RIRs home with her. She only has a nice roo, a brahma, at her house and her flock are still babies. She should have tons of time to recuperate. She's also a SAHM so can keep a better eye of her while she's inside.
Most of us here try so very hard to be responsible and proactive chicken owners. I know I read as much as I can and spend my evenings prusing sites on different husbandtry techniques. But reading just isn't the same as doing and I learn that more and more each day.