Hen pecking?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by fleepterfarms, Apr 14, 2016.

  1. fleepterfarms

    fleepterfarms New Egg

    Apr 14, 2016
    Several of our 1 year old hens have what look like downy feathers at the base of their tails, with our smallest hen also showing some mild feather loss on her wings. They free range all day, so if it is hen pecking I don't think it's due to boredom. There are 4 nesting boxes for 7 hens and we have one rooster. what else could be the culprit? And what to do if it is hen pecking?
  2. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Alright [​IMG] great to have you joining the BYC flock [​IMG]

    You might want to try looking at the roo but if you only have one it is unlikely ..

    For henpecking you need to find out which hen is doing it and remove her that is how I do it not much of a way to put an end to it if there is plenty of room for all the live stock ...
  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! It could be over breeding from your roo. It could also be a mite or lice problem, have you checked for lice and mites? If these are bothering them they could be over preening from irritation.

    Good luck, I hope you find out what this is. Enjoy BYC and all the chicken chat :frow
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to Backyard chickens. If chickens are over crowded they can react by pecking and feather pulling.

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