Hen humping loosing feathers

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chadr7850, Nov 15, 2011.

  1. chadr7850

    chadr7850 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a rr rooster that is tearing up all my hen backs and shoulders. How can I prevent him from doing so? Is there a way to trim nails to prevent this? Or should I get a apron for the hens and there is always the option of killing him. What do you guys think I should do what have you guys done to solve the problem. Thanks
     
  2. Ukiah

    Ukiah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd seperate them from the rooster for awhile. You can get 'chicken saddles'

    to protect the hen's back, also.Be sure he has enough hens, so he's got many
    to choose from. 10-12 hens per rooster would be good:)

    Heres a thread about chicken saddles:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=122916
     
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2011
  3. jeslewmazer

    jeslewmazer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I agree you should separate him from the girls. This should "cool" him down some. Kind of like positive reinforcement. [​IMG] If you want you could do the saddle thing. I would separate him, make sure his spurs are not pointed, and maybe even clip his toe nails. Dog nail clippers work great on spurs and nails, but there are other methods.
     

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