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My rooster is destroying a hen and I'm wondering if she'll even be able to survive the winter. My temperatures can get as low as -50, but they usually don't. 

Chickens: 5 Buff Orps, 3 RIR, 2 New Hampshire, 1 SLW, 1 GLW, 1 GL Cochin, 2 Blue Cochin, 1 EE, 1 Olive Egger, 2 Barred Rocks, 2 Black Australorp, 2 White Leghorns, and 1 Delaware Rooster. My waterfowl: 3 Swedish/Rouen Cross, 1 male and 2 female. 1 Pair of Khaki Campbells and Buffs. 2 Rouen Drakes. 2 Pekin Hens. 1 Blue Runner hen. 1 Pair of African Geese. 
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Chickens: 5 Buff Orps, 3 RIR, 2 New Hampshire, 1 SLW, 1 GLW, 1 GL Cochin, 2 Blue Cochin, 1 EE, 1 Olive Egger, 2 Barred Rocks, 2 Black Australorp, 2 White Leghorns, and 1 Delaware Rooster. My waterfowl: 3 Swedish/Rouen Cross, 1 male and 2 female. 1 Pair of Khaki Campbells and Buffs. 2 Rouen Drakes. 2 Pekin Hens. 1 Blue Runner hen. 1 Pair of African Geese. 
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Originally Posted by marvun22 View Post
 

My rooster is destroying a hen and I'm wondering if she'll even be able to survive the winter. My temperatures can get as low as -50, but they usually don't.

 

remove rooster or add more females

:idunno .....They have chicken sweaters you can buy

 7 Buff Orpingtons, 2 Polish, and 2 Silkies, 2 Easter Eggers. Plus 1 cocker spaniel, 4 daughters, a hubby, and my other personalities lol jk
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 7 Buff Orpingtons, 2 Polish, and 2 Silkies, 2 Easter Eggers. Plus 1 cocker spaniel, 4 daughters, a hubby, and my other personalities lol jk
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post #3 of 15

I'd get rid of the rooster.

Rachel BB

 

"At the cross You beckon me, You draw me gently to my knees and I am lost for words, so lost in love I am sweetly broken, wholly surrendered"

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Rachel BB

 

"At the cross You beckon me, You draw me gently to my knees and I am lost for words, so lost in love I am sweetly broken, wholly surrendered"

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I'd get rid of the rooster.

I don't know what to say about that stupid rooster. He is the best defender and most human-friendly rooster I've ever had. Yet he has 11 hens for himself and he rips up 11 of them. 1 (the one I posted about) is in terrible condition. I'll get a picture of how hurt she is.

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remove rooster or add more females

:idunno .....They have chicken sweaters you can buy

I'll look into the sweater. I'm looking into rehoming it. 

Chickens: 5 Buff Orps, 3 RIR, 2 New Hampshire, 1 SLW, 1 GLW, 1 GL Cochin, 2 Blue Cochin, 1 EE, 1 Olive Egger, 2 Barred Rocks, 2 Black Australorp, 2 White Leghorns, and 1 Delaware Rooster. My waterfowl: 3 Swedish/Rouen Cross, 1 male and 2 female. 1 Pair of Khaki Campbells and Buffs. 2 Rouen Drakes. 2 Pekin Hens. 1 Blue Runner hen. 1 Pair of African Geese. 
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Chickens: 5 Buff Orps, 3 RIR, 2 New Hampshire, 1 SLW, 1 GLW, 1 GL Cochin, 2 Blue Cochin, 1 EE, 1 Olive Egger, 2 Barred Rocks, 2 Black Australorp, 2 White Leghorns, and 1 Delaware Rooster. My waterfowl: 3 Swedish/Rouen Cross, 1 male and 2 female. 1 Pair of Khaki Campbells and Buffs. 2 Rouen Drakes. 2 Pekin Hens. 1 Blue Runner hen. 1 Pair of African Geese. 
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post #5 of 15
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Here's my pictures of what has happened to my poor Buff Orpington

 

 

These are 2 pictures of her back.

Here's her left side.

And here's her right side.

Poor hen, I feel really sorry for her. 

Chickens: 5 Buff Orps, 3 RIR, 2 New Hampshire, 1 SLW, 1 GLW, 1 GL Cochin, 2 Blue Cochin, 1 EE, 1 Olive Egger, 2 Barred Rocks, 2 Black Australorp, 2 White Leghorns, and 1 Delaware Rooster. My waterfowl: 3 Swedish/Rouen Cross, 1 male and 2 female. 1 Pair of Khaki Campbells and Buffs. 2 Rouen Drakes. 2 Pekin Hens. 1 Blue Runner hen. 1 Pair of African Geese. 
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Chickens: 5 Buff Orps, 3 RIR, 2 New Hampshire, 1 SLW, 1 GLW, 1 GL Cochin, 2 Blue Cochin, 1 EE, 1 Olive Egger, 2 Barred Rocks, 2 Black Australorp, 2 White Leghorns, and 1 Delaware Rooster. My waterfowl: 3 Swedish/Rouen Cross, 1 male and 2 female. 1 Pair of Khaki Campbells and Buffs. 2 Rouen Drakes. 2 Pekin Hens. 1 Blue Runner hen. 1 Pair of African Geese. 
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post #6 of 15

YEAH with a ratio of 1:11 and still looks like that!:somad  I agree with above poster-get rid of that roo!!!! and find the poor little love a sweater until she molts and can grow them back

 7 Buff Orpingtons, 2 Polish, and 2 Silkies, 2 Easter Eggers. Plus 1 cocker spaniel, 4 daughters, a hubby, and my other personalities lol jk
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 7 Buff Orpingtons, 2 Polish, and 2 Silkies, 2 Easter Eggers. Plus 1 cocker spaniel, 4 daughters, a hubby, and my other personalities lol jk
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Originally Posted by newbie32 View Post
 

YEAH with a ratio of 1:11 and still looks like that!:somad  I agree with above poster-get rid of that roo!!!! and find the poor little love a sweater until she molts and can grow them back

 

Where do you buy the sweaters? 

Chickens: 5 Buff Orps, 3 RIR, 2 New Hampshire, 1 SLW, 1 GLW, 1 GL Cochin, 2 Blue Cochin, 1 EE, 1 Olive Egger, 2 Barred Rocks, 2 Black Australorp, 2 White Leghorns, and 1 Delaware Rooster. My waterfowl: 3 Swedish/Rouen Cross, 1 male and 2 female. 1 Pair of Khaki Campbells and Buffs. 2 Rouen Drakes. 2 Pekin Hens. 1 Blue Runner hen. 1 Pair of African Geese. 
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Chickens: 5 Buff Orps, 3 RIR, 2 New Hampshire, 1 SLW, 1 GLW, 1 GL Cochin, 2 Blue Cochin, 1 EE, 1 Olive Egger, 2 Barred Rocks, 2 Black Australorp, 2 White Leghorns, and 1 Delaware Rooster. My waterfowl: 3 Swedish/Rouen Cross, 1 male and 2 female. 1 Pair of Khaki Campbells and Buffs. 2 Rouen Drakes. 2 Pekin Hens. 1 Blue Runner hen. 1 Pair of African Geese. 
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post #8 of 15

Hello there!

 

 

How cold are your winters? I'm in the north of England and over here and things are always pretty cold and miserable, I've rescued ex-batts in winter with less feathers then your girl (almost oven ready) and they have done absolutely fine, just make sure they have places to go to get out of the wind/rain/snow.

 

I honestly wouldn't recommend the sweaters, I have friends who have used them for their ex-batts and they've actually got caught up and very stressed in them - you also have to make sure they do not get wet at all, as that is worse for the hen. And hens are hot little critters so you also don't want them to over heat in them either.

 

You can get saddles for hens with a randy rooster - not known anyone personally who have used them but they look a bit safer than the sweaters.

 

Best of luck :) x

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I use saddles on some of my girls.  I have one hen in particular who seems to be the favorite and always has a bare back and sides if I don't keep a saddle on her.  Occasionally I will take it off of her for a day, but then I have to keep her separate from the rooster.  She has several, so when one gets wet or too dirty, I will switch to another.  She doesn't mind it at all.

 

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Originally Posted by Sjisty View Post
 

I use saddles on some of my girls.  I have one hen in particular who seems to be the favorite and always has a bare back and sides if I don't keep a saddle on her.  Occasionally I will take it off of her for a day, but then I have to keep her separate from the rooster.  She has several, so when one gets wet or too dirty, I will switch to another.  She doesn't mind it at all.

 

 

 

Yes they look much better than the woolen sweaters. Bless your little hen!

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