Hens Missing Feathers from Backs

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by sgreen0313, Feb 12, 2017.

  1. sgreen0313

    sgreen0313 New Egg

    3
    0
    7
    Dec 13, 2015
    I have one rooster and six hens. All are about nine months old. Three of the hens are missing feathers on their back and bare skin is exposed and red. One of them has small tears on her skin. I suspect it's from the rooster mounting them. I've attached some pictures. Is there anything I should be doing to lessen their injuries or help them heal?[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  2. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,314
    372
    191
    Jul 19, 2016
    Iowa
    Thats rooster damage for you.Providing more space and more activities will help decrease mounting.If he continues you should separate him for a while.You can buy Hen Saddles look it up.
     
  3. sgreen0313

    sgreen0313 New Egg

    3
    0
    7
    Dec 13, 2015
    Thanks for the info. Just got them a chicken swing so maybe it will help. Will research the saddles as well. Thanks again.
     
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2017
  4. The Phantom

    The Phantom Chillin' With My Peeps

    203
    30
    64
    Jan 9, 2017
    Wisconsin
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    When my roosters were young the hens backs were really bare. The roosters are 1 1/2 years old.
    Now my hens have not one feather missing. They are very good. 3 roosters 11 hens. I would give him another 6 months.
    He should calm down. Or this may help[​IMG]
     
  5. hatchichickens

    hatchichickens Out Of The Brooder

    44
    27
    49
    Feb 12, 2017
    Fieldbrook, California
    Definitely get the chicken saddles! You might want to try getting one with shoulder protectors as well, it looks like the tops of their wings are missing some feathers as well. I bought these ones: http://www.hensaver.com/ with the removable shoulder protector, you can also try googling "butterfly saddle for hens" they also have shoulder protection. It has helped my girls a lot! I do remove them periodically when the feathers begin to grow back so that they are able to preen the new feather growth. [​IMG]
     
  6. hatchichickens

    hatchichickens Out Of The Brooder

    44
    27
    49
    Feb 12, 2017
    Fieldbrook, California
    your hens will thank you :)
     
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2017
  7. sgreen0313

    sgreen0313 New Egg

    3
    0
    7
    Dec 13, 2015
    Awesome, thank you. We have one rooster for the six hens and their coop is 10' tall and about 15'X20'. Hopefully the swing helps too.


    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by