how can I catch the culprit? (get rid of rooster?)

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by attached_mama, Jun 13, 2010.

  1. attached_mama

    attached_mama Out Of The Brooder

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    One of our hens is getting her feathers plucked out, on her back, near her tail.
    SHe's also been "nesting" and laying down (not sick or hurt though)

    We do have a rooster (who was supposed to be a hen) that is maturing. Is it most likely him?

    I watch them and don't see any of it happening.

    Should I get rid of the rooster, or is this normal behavior?

    (They were born in March)

    Thanks!
     
  2. flakey chick

    flakey chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It looks like she might be his "favorite". It's best that he not mount her in front of you. That way you are seen as the dominant one. You can buy or make a saddle to protect your hen from over treading.
     
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    If your roo is otherwise a good roo I would keep him and buy your girl a saddle to protect her feathers. My roo has 13 girls (and 13 more in the brooder) but he has a favorite hen. I keep a saddle on her to keep her feathers from being torn.
     
  4. attached_mama

    attached_mama Out Of The Brooder

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    This is probably a dumb question, but this is my first time having chickens, although I read here and read one book.
    WHY are her feathers missing? Is it from them mating, or do roosters pull at the feathers? THeir beak or feet?
     
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Their feet, unless the feathers are missing from the back of her neck, then beak. Most but not all roosters get better, more practiced with age.
     
  6. cracked_egg

    cracked_egg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, I'm still trying to figure out HOE exactly they mate, so your question wasn't dumb at all... Lol... I guess I'll wait until I have a roo and take a peek... Lol...
     
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Chicken matings take 5 seconds (literally) so as long as your pullets are old enough that they don't fuss about it, it can happen without you even noticing.
    Roosters do not have "one" [​IMG] so it basically comes down to body part touching body part to exchange fluids. It's called the chloacael (sp?) kiss.
     
  8. hd_darcy

    hd_darcy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a question to add (hope it's okay). Is there a more common time for them to mate? Like during the day in the run, or in the evening in the coop? Or is it totally random??? Just curious! Thanks!
     
  9. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Well, in my flock, the rooster gets out of the coop first, then tags every pullet/hen he can get as they exit the coop.

    I always think, how roooood - let the poor thing get a cuppa coffee or a bug or something, first!!

    Later in the day, he will woo them with goodies he finds for them. Sometimes he fakes 'em out with his "Lookie what I got for YOU, my sweet!" call, and it's nothing but a stick or feather or leaf. Sneaky devil.
     
  10. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    In my flock, the roo mates as many girls as he can when first let out in the morning. He tries to beat the girls out of the coop in the morning, but he's a big roo, the pop door is barely big enough for him and my hens are woman's libers. They shove past him to get out the door first.
    I've noticed more mating goes on in the spring and early summer. Very rarely do I see him try to mate them in the winter and not at all when he's molting.
     
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