feathers on hens...

kscottjoyce

Chirping
8 Years
Feb 22, 2011
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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?
 

gritsar

Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!
13 Years
Nov 9, 2007
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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.​
 

kscottjoyce

Chirping
8 Years
Feb 22, 2011
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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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gritsar

Cows, Chooks &amp; Impys - OH MY!
13 Years
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Yes, it can stress the hens out. Stress them out too much and they could stop laying or fall ill.
 

kathyinmo

Nothing In Moderation
12 Years
May 14, 2009
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My Coop
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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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