Hens ripping out rooster's feathers!! Help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by HallChicks, Sep 20, 2007.

  1. HallChicks

    HallChicks Out Of The Brooder

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    I was just watching my little flock when I noticed my rooster has a very raw looking neck and there are a lot of feathers missing!!! Then I saw one of my hens pull out one of his neck feathers and try and eat it!! [​IMG] I was shocked. Then she pulled out another- he did not even try and fight her off or even flinch!:eek: Then the other hen pulled out another! He is going to be bald by the end of today!! What is going on!! What should I do?
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    It can be a sign of protein defficency but... to my efforts... my hens do it too.
     
  3. HallChicks

    HallChicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Doesn't your rooster try and stop them? It must hurt!! It looks terrible!
     
  4. 2mnypets

    2mnypets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would suggest some Avia Charge 2000 from McMurray. It's suppose to have everything a chicken would need as far as vitamins, minerals and trace elements. I too have heard that that is a sign of protein deficiency. I would imagine it would hurt terribly. That's my thoughts anyway.
     

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