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Hens plucking feathers off of rooster

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by patrickj, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. patrickj

    patrickj Out Of The Brooder

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    seven girls and all of a sudden they started pulling out his tail feathers and then today I saw they have
    been pulling feathers off behind his neck...looks awful..down to the meat...poor fellow.
    Why are they doing this? they free foam have a very peaceful life..seems really strange.

    he jumps the girls from behind a lot, they seem to not like it..but, I thought that is normal behavior?
    thank you
     
  2. Jarrett Dobbins

    Jarrett Dobbins Out Of The Brooder

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    Is the rooster you are talking about younger than the hens?
     
  3. Katielumbard

    Katielumbard New Egg

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    My hens did the same thing to my rooster and yeah he's younger does that matter? Do you have any advice
     

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