Did we boil the roo for nothing? Pecking Order..pics

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bragabit, Apr 28, 2009.

  1. bragabit

    bragabit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We got our flock last month. We are first time owners, and loving it. When we got the 8 hens the Barred Rock was in perfect condition and the oldest. Next was the two hamburgs again with just some peck marks on the head. Then came the Easter Eggers they were all missing feathers on their back in various degrees. The EE roo that came with them was raised with the girls and he 'loved' them a lot. We thought he was too rough, as we caught him holding the hens down and stealing food from their mouths at treat time. So the previous owners took back the roo...and had a nice dinner. So roo gone, new banty roo in. The feathers are not coming back, it seem like once we get some growth the new growth disappears. Is this from pecking? I have included pics. What does this mean for my 13 baby chicks?

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  2. georgialee

    georgialee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't have any advice... but *ouch*!
     
  3. jprice2ndlt

    jprice2ndlt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know i had a pecking problem and somone told me to put vics vapor rub on the spot. I did it and the pecking stopped. They get the taste in their mouth and they cant get it out and the quit. hope this helps.
     
  4. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    Looks like they need some saddles to allow the new feathers to come in & prevent the picking behavior.
     
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    It looks like to me some serious mating has been going on. Some Roos prefer certain girls and will mate them most and wear the feathers off of their backs. Saddles help.
     
  6. bragabit

    bragabit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well the rooster is gone, so should we still get some saddles?
     
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Saddles would protect the hen's new feather growth to keep the others from picking at them while they regrow them.
     
  8. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    It looks to me like saddles would help, that was my first thought.

    If nothing else, I would be afraid they might get sunburn! (do chicken get sunburn if they lose feathers?)
     
  9. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Turkens can get sunburned on their exposed flesh, so I imagine it's the same for any chicken. Either way, saddles should help.
     
  10. flakey chick

    flakey chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Even a banty roo will mate a standard size hen if he can.
     

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