Hens backs are bare-no feathers

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by wsquared, Feb 2, 2009.

  1. wsquared

    wsquared New Egg

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    Can someone please tell me if our rooster is responsible for the bare backs on our hens? My hens are about 10 months old and the rooster is the same age. We have one RIR rooster and 5 hens. The barred rock hen and the americauna hen have bare backs but the RIR hens do not. Is this something to do with the breed? Any suggestions?

    I really appreciate all of you knowledgeable and experienced chicken owners out there! [​IMG]
     
  2. poultrykeeper08

    poultrykeeper08 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yeah he is !! It happens when they are trying to mate . Seperate the roo from the hens
     
  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    More than likely he's responsible. The 2 with the barest back are probably his favorites. You could put chicken saddles on them to protect them or get more hens.
     
  4. pacountrygirl

    pacountrygirl Out Of The Brooder

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    I'd like to know this too! The rooster can cause this but with hens that don't know to "hold still for him". [​IMG] However, I know longer have a rooster with them and some of their backs are still bare. Also, some of them look like their going bald...is this considered molting?
     
  5. chickenfever

    chickenfever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Or get a different roo [​IMG]
     
  6. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    Quote:yups
     
  7. WiseChicks

    WiseChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so THAT'S what chicken saddles are for!!! [​IMG]

    I've had NO CLUE, but felt too silly to ask!

    Every time I see the term, I picture a chicken with a miniature horse saddle giving rides to little toy people.......
     
  8. Chef

    Chef Chicken Connoisseur

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    Just get saddle's. They're cheap and very effective. A roo is going to do what a roo does which is mate with the females and control social order, and protect. Either seperate or get saddles. You can find good one's on here just search saddle. Good luck.


    Chef
     
  9. blackrooster

    blackrooster Out Of The Brooder

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    its were the roosters been breeding
     

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