My pretty little Ameraucana X has become the only hen my Black Australorp rooster can manage to get hold of long enough to mount. And she's overmounted - little bare patch on her back with a couple of cuts. I've cleaned her up with saline solution, and put some salve over the cuts. I think she'll heal just fine. You can see the scabs that have formed. She's my best layer, and smaller than the rest of the hens (Barred Rock, Marans, New Hampshire Red ... all around 7 months old). The other hens pick on her too, but she manages to roost next the BA rooster most nights. I also have a jr. rooster, a Buff Orpington, who doesn't have permission from the senior rooster to mount hens. He'll be getting his own flock this spring, and the little injured Ameraucana will be part of that. In defense of the BA rooster: When the rooster started mounting the hens, I thought he looked pretty gentle. But all of the hens struggle so much that he's gotten more insistent (none of them has ever squatted). He's very protective, and gives the girls treats, so I think he's a good rooster. He had been a little challenging with me, but simply changing up my stance and attitude with him has backed him down, he even voluntarily stopped mounting in front of me. I've got the Ameraucana in a dog crate this morning, while I sew up a saddle. I still want to quarantine her to avoid the risk of more injury, the back of her head is pretty shaggy and I haven't seen patterns for hen helmets. I'm thinking to quarantine her, rather than the rooster, in hopes that he learns to spread his love around. Failing that, I'll quarantine him instead. I like having roosters for range protection and breeding. My chickens are used to having a roomy coop (90 sq ft for 7 birds) and nice backyard-sized sized run. I can split the coop and add a pop door. I can separate the run into 2, since it extends on either side of the hoop house. But I don't like the idea of one chicken living by herself for an extended period of time, so I have questions - help! South Side run, covered with summer coop at end North Side run, old garden beds Questions: 1. Will this hen be wearing the saddle till she molts next fall? I am not excited about putting clothing on a chicken, but don't have another idea how to keep her protected for a long period of time, other than 100% lock down. And, will increasing BOSS/protein speed up feather regrowth, or is it just going to happen when it happens? 2. What can I put on the back of her head so rooster will not like the taste of mouthing her there? (Something herbal please!) 3. So, how would you folks manage this extended quarantine? I think I read (and seem to have noticed) that roosters do most of their mounting in the morning and eve. Could I just quarantine from say an hour before dusk till an hour after sunrise and leave them together during the day? Next week I'll be putting up some electro-netting for ranging adjacent to their current area, so maybe I could let the quarantine hen in with them while they are busy exploring? 4. If I tripled, or quadrupled their ranging space would that keep the rooster busier, so he'd be mounting less? I want all the chickens to have maximum space and socialization, without experimenting in ways that cause the Ameraucana more damage. I feel bad I didn't get her out of there sooner, the cuts were hidden under her feathers, and I didn't look carefully enough. It just kinda sneaked up on me.