8 Week old Rooster picking hens until they bleed :(

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by confusedbanti, Jan 13, 2012.

  1. confusedbanti

    confusedbanti Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 5 Hamburg ladies and one Rooster ( Gordon.) All about 8 weeks old ...2 weeks ago I noticed that there where feathers scattered inside the coop. Then I noticed that one hen had blood on her behind and her feathers where gone! So a week ago I just sat and observe them and saw that Gordon kept on picking and picking on her. The other hens joint in and picked on the poor thing.[​IMG] I called my Neighbor who has more experience with chickens and she thought maybe they had Mites. She came over to check them out , but we did not see any. I put some dust on them anyway. 2 nights ago I got so mad I took him and put him in with my other Neighbors Hens to give my babies a break. They are doing fine without him and the picking on the butt stopped and there is no more blood.[​IMG] Question : Does Gordon need more time away from the hens ? Give him away ? Why is he doing this ?
    What to do ?
     
  2. Vamvakas

    Vamvakas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thinks he's trying eat other chicks feathers, idk why they do this...

    Edit: Nevermind after reading he's biting on chicks joints I think he's just crazy for now, he'll grow out of it.
     
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  3. confusedbanti

    confusedbanti Out Of The Brooder

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    Grow out of it ?? Yeah ok, but not in MY hen house ![​IMG]
     
  4. tec27

    tec27 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Separate the hen until she heals. Once the chickens draw blood they keep picking and picking. I don't know why this is but they are horny for blood. So once she heals they should stop picking at her. Then the male will probably start picking at her again and draw blood and the whole process will repeat.
     
  5. just get read of him I have had a similar problem and a couple of hens have died just get read of him now and get another one that you now is gentle with people and the hens you well save you re self a lot of heart ackae
     
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  6. confusedbanti

    confusedbanti Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you guys so much for your Help. I did separate the one Hen from the other ones because I noticed that now the girls pick on her as well not just the Rooster. I put the Rooster back with the 4 Hens who are not picked on and will observe him very closely today. One pick at the others and he is out! I hope he got a attitude adjustment having to live with big hens in my Neighbors !
     

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