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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by DrCB, Apr 21, 2016.

  1. DrCB

    DrCB Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 4, 2015
    I have a bantam rooster and a Wynedotte hen and a Buff Orpington hen. I noticed a raw spot developing on the back of the Orpington's neck. It was getting steadily worse so I bought meds to place on the spot. It now seems to be not getting worse although the feathers have not grown back yet.

    Now I am seeing a bare spot appearing on the back of the Wynedotte's neck. I am assuming this is from the rooster. Do I need to separate the rooster from these hens? What else needs to be done?

  2. Serenity06

    Serenity06 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2015
    South Alabama
  3. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    A roo can handle at least 10 girls, so over-mating is highly likely with just 2 girls. That said, he will likely have favourites even if you got lots of additional hens. Probably separating him from the girls will help in the short term.

  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Might have more to do with technique rather than 'over mating' or male:female ratio.

    I believe that the oft cited 1:10 ratio is from fertility efficiency in a commercial breeding setting.
    Many breeders use pairs, trios, quads, etc.

    Age can be a variable too, younger cockerels just learning the ropes can be much more clumsy and/or aggressive.
    Some cockerels are best kept separate until they mature further.

    Might have to do with a bantam trying to hold onto a large fowl.....he probably can't 'reach' anyway.
    Wounds needs to be watched and/or treated so infection doesn't occur.
    Assessment of if a male is needed for flock goals and/or if this male is needed.
  5. DrCB

    DrCB Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 4, 2015
    Thanks everyone for the comments and links.


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