bald heads on hens

SassyKat6181

Songster
9 Years
Aug 30, 2010
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quite a few of my hens have bald heads. it is the rooster.....i have seen him mount them and grab their head feathers and yank really hard. is there anything i can do? they look so silly and it must be painful. i have 1 rooster in with 29 hens. thanks
 

teach1rusl

Love My Chickens
10 Years
Jul 28, 2009
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Floyds Knobs, Indiana
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Not much you can do really. That's just how a roo hangs on. My roo's pretty small (a d'uccle) and my big BA gal still ended up with a small bald patch near her comb. Unless your roo looses interest or you make them little chicken bonnets, bald is just gonna' be a fact of life.
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Ridgerunner

Crossing the Road
12 Years
Feb 2, 2009
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That head grab is part of the mating process. When the rooster grabs the back of the hen's head, that is her signal to raise her tail out of his way so he can touch his vent to hers. It is more than just hanging on, though hanging on to keep his balance is probably part of it too.

It is the rooster and no, I don't know any way to stop it. It seems some of mine have that and some don't, not matter which rooster or hens I have in my flock. I don't know why.
 

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