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feather loss v.s. roo

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Gallus Sapien, Apr 5, 2012.

  1. Gallus Sapien

    Gallus Sapien Chirping

    Mar 29, 2012
    When you have a roo the is the prob. what is exceptable? Yes, I know they sell saddles...but I don't see this much feater loss with other peoples flocks.[​IMG] Others also have 2x roos I have a 1/12 ratio and he is tearing them up. No time to build 2nd coop for another mo. and nails are clipped. Why do I have this prob. and other flocks do not?[​IMG] COMMENTS/IDEAS/PLEASETHANKS

  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Younger roosters tread more often than older roosters and sometimes they have their favorite hens they always tread on. You can always sell your rooster, adopt him out, freezer camp etc...and consider getting an older roo. The older the better. I prefer to have roos over 1.5 year old.
  3. WooingWyandotte

    WooingWyandotte Crowing

    Apr 25, 2011
    Nor cal
    Personally, I don't have much patience for roos that tear up the girls. So if I had one causing severe issues, I'd eat him. Of course there are different options with what you do with him if eating a bad roo just ain't your thing.
    But if he's unnecessarily rubbing their backs raw, you should probably get rid of him.
  4. CooCoo 4 Chicks

    CooCoo 4 Chicks Hatching

    Feb 29, 2012
    Good luck. I flock just became mature around Christmas and the main roo picked his five favorite girls and tore them up. Now that all the girls are laying he seems to be better. I hate the way the girls look and hope it will be better after they molt. Maybe it's a new roo thing?
  5. WooingWyandotte

    WooingWyandotte Crowing

    Apr 25, 2011
    Nor cal
    Yeah, the younger roo's are way more active. One of my younger roo's (LB) is doing pretty good so far, he had a time where he REALLY tore up this one gal, but she's getting better.
    @ Gallus Sapien - You could wait this phase out, but that may or may not be in the best interest of the hens.

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