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Bald backs on the girls

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Longhorns&Chickens, Jan 11, 2012.

  1. Longhorns&Chickens

    Longhorns&Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am not really sure where this thread goes, and I'm certain its been addressed before, but....The Roo has been picking favs in the flock, and 2 of my girls are loosing feathers on their backs. they don't have any sores, but I'd like to do something to prevent that. I wondered about the hen saver things, or at least making something to protect them from his advances. Its funny they are free range and the 2 in question sleep on either side of Tom, the roo, and if he wanders away with a different lady they have panic attacks. Chickens are nuts! They call and fuss and carry on until he comes back and escorts them on their forage trips across the yard. I also wondered about duct tape, will it work, it works on every thing else[​IMG] Any input would be greatly appreciated!
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I keep a couple of hen saddles (hen savers) handy in case one of my roos gives an individual hen a bit too much attention. Works well, once the hen adjusts to wearing it. I find the double strap ones work better than the single strap.
     
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    Longhorns&Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! Do happen to know where I could get one, or at least a pattern so I could make my own. If I had a decent pic, I think I could make one, and save myself some money! Thanks!
     
  4. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Longhorns&Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the link!! That will work, and I can make my own!!!
     
  6. Smiles-N-Sunshine

    Smiles-N-Sunshine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our roo has his favorites, too. I've been extremely pleased with the hen saddles I got from Louise's Country Closet http://www.louisescountrycloset.com/ , if you lose the inclination to make your own. They're fellow BYCers, by the way :)
     

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