HELP!!! Bloody backs!

SpringChickens

Songster
10 Years
Feb 1, 2009
2,260
10
204
Lexington, KY
Hi,

I have 8 week old chickens (8 Australorp roos, 11 EE hens), and they were all doing great yesterday. I held a number of them for 5-10 minutes, no problems. Today, probably 6 or 7 of my EE hens have VERY bloody backs...

I'm smart enough to realize that it's probably from the roos mounting the hens, because it's only the girls who have the bloody backs. But I didn't think roos had ANY interest in mounting a hen at 8 weeks old? Should I separate them?

Even if I separate them, how do I get the hens from picking on each other? Any ideas?

Thanks!!
 

joanc

Songster
12 Years
Apr 26, 2007
201
1
134
Shafer, MN
You could try little saddles to hide and protect their backs. At 8 weeks I would keep them separated from the roos if you can, they're still pretty young.

I use Bluekote on the wounded areas to keep the others from picking. It works pretty good and helps them heal up.

Good luck.
 

SpringChickens

Songster
10 Years
Feb 1, 2009
2,260
10
204
Lexington, KY
The roos are 8 weeks also... didn't think they would have raging hormones yet. Bluekote's a great idea. I think I have some, will try to spray some on right now.
 

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