feathers on hens...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kscottjoyce, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. kscottjoyce

    kscottjoyce Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello, and thank you for any info you can give. I have three hens and a rooster. The hens are developing a line across their backs where their feathers seem a bit worn down. Just wondering if this could be from the rooster doing his thing to fertilize the eggs or if it could be something else?
     
  2. dadsdeercamp

    dadsdeercamp Say goodnight gracie

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    i would say the roo might be a little rough
     
  3. chickenlover<3

    chickenlover<3 Out Of The Brooder

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    really how can you tell ???
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks &amp; Impys - OH MY!

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    chickenlover<3 :

    really how can you tell ???

    Roo damage is typically across the low back of the hen.

    To the OP - I would recommend you look into some hen saddles to protect your hens.​
     
  5. kscottjoyce

    kscottjoyce Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmm, rough rooster... Would adding another hen at least make him more satisfied and not as rough with the hens? I do like having him around to protect the hens. Today a feral cat came to check out the hens and he chased it away. He is friendly, he comes up to me and makes a purring noise. Is it harmful to the hens at all?
     
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  6. PepsNick

    PepsNick Back to Business

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    The reason that he's probably having a little too much fun is because the best way to go is a rooster per every 10 hens.
     
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks &amp; Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Yes, it can stress the hens out. Stress them out too much and they could stop laying or fall ill.
     
  8. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Overrun With Chickens

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    I have had up to 20 hens with one rooster and his favorites still had their feathers worn off. You either want to keep a rooster or you don't.
     
  9. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    I have pens with only a hen and a rooster, or a few with trios. Generally, I use aprons (or saddles) on the hens. I also let the girls out of the pens some days, just to give them a break from the roosters.

    Good luck!
     

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