Hens Plucking Rooster!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by 1lpoock, Dec 29, 2009.

  1. 1lpoock

    1lpoock Spruce Creek Waterfowl

    Apr 20, 2009
    Sandusky, Ohio
    I have a flock of 12 laying hens and one rooster....lately the hens have started to pick the feathers off of the roosters' neck and it is starting to get bloody. You'd think the rooster would push them away but he does nothing to stop them, he just stands there....what should I do?

  2. usschicago1

    usschicago1 Suburban Cochins

    Aug 11, 2009
    Taunton, MA
    Sound like your rooster is quite the gentlemen. I would put something foul tasting on him. Suggestions on that im not sure. Maybe a layer of petroleum jelly and a layer of hot hot hot sauce
  3. PandoraTaylor

    PandoraTaylor RT Poultry n Things

    Jun 29, 2009
    Bitter Appple is a spray to stop plucking/pecking
    BlueKote also has a nasty flavor and helps with healing
    add more protein to their Diet.
  4. OhMyItsAndyy

    OhMyItsAndyy Songster

    Dec 22, 2009
    West England
    I heard tea tree oil is a foul tasting thing to stop plucking. Also cleans the wounded area's

  5. I have used the bitter apple spray also, with great success. It`s available at many pet stores in the birdie section. Something a little closer to most homes is Noxema skin cream, or a cheap Walmart generic of same. Works great. If the boy is getting bloody as mentioned, he may be in need of some solitude, to heal. Chickens are notorious cannibals..........Pop
  6. purpledonna

    purpledonna Songster

    Nov 7, 2009
    Adelaide, AUSTRALIA
    I had a similar problem.... I increased the protein and the pecking stopped.

    My next move was going to be something foul tasting on the victim.
  7. purpletree23

    purpletree23 Songster

    May 15, 2009
    I would increase protein also.

    Hot pepper sauce won't work. Chickens can't 'taste' hot and the hot sauce would really irritate his already sore/bloody neck.

  8. rcentner

    rcentner Songster

    Sep 6, 2009
    Le Roy, NY
    Are they feeling crowded? My pecking got better when we moved a bird to another coop, I also started giving them more activities. My roo was getting pretty bloody and I thought I would have to remove him (or the hen that was doing it) cause he let her peck at him. He would sqwak like.."ouch" but not even move. I hang apples (I figured they are red) and scatter corn underneath hay so they have to dig for it. I also read that too many carbs can lead to an uneasy flock in the winter. I cut down on the corn too, I was definatley over dosing on the treats. Get him out if it gets bad. I should have taken pics of my roo, cause he was lookin pretty bloody on one occaision. I was surprised that they didnt get cannibalistic on him, that's when I did all I could to keep them occupied. He is all better now.

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