Discussion in 'Hatch-A-Longs' started by ryantollefson81, Mar 3, 2015.

  1. ryantollefson81

    ryantollefson81 Hatching

    Dec 12, 2014
    OK. I have 6 chickens. 2 roosters and 4 hens. One of my roosters and a couple of the hens have started to have missing feathers on there backs close to the tail? The one rooster has none at all and 2 hens are perfect so I don't think it is mites or anything. Is it the rooster? Do I need to get rid of it? Please help! None have open wounds just no feathers and seem a little stressed maybe but still laying well.
  2. animalsrule1

    animalsrule1 In the Brooder

    Sep 16, 2012
    I don't know about the rooster who's missing feathers, I haven't had that happen, but I do know that your two hens without feathers on their backs are probably being over-mated by the dominant rooster. (The one without missing feathers.) The reason their feathers are missing is when he mates with the hens, his Spurs will rub on her back feathers. When there are more hens and he mates with each hen less, it is much, much less common to see missing back feathers unless the roo has a favorite hen or two. What you could do is either take one of the roosters out, that should lessen the stress on the hens, or you could also get chicken saddles, I think that My Pet Chicken has some. It's basicaly a piece of fabric you put on your hen's back to protect her back from losing any more feathers. Since you have a 2:1 ratio of hens and roosters, if you don't remove a roo, I'd go ahead and get saddles for all your girls, just in case.

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