Hens backs are bare!!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by DonnaBelle, May 15, 2010.

  1. DonnaBelle

    DonnaBelle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2009
    McIntosh County, OK
    Does anyone have an idea to keep, I guess the rooster, from pecking out the feathers on the hens backs? I haven't actually seen him do it, but I assume he is the culprit. The bare areas are just above the hen's tail feathers on their backs. Not all of them have the problem.

    Short of smacking his jaws, anything I can do to stop him?

  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    I doubt he's pecking them. More likely he's ripping their feathers out with his feet when he mates them. Make sure his nails are short, his spurs trimmed and then purchase or sew your hens some saddles. That way the roo can get the job done without tearing up the hens backs.

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