Is it normal for a few hen's back feathers to be missing (w/ a roo)

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by wordgirl, Jan 21, 2010.

  1. wordgirl

    wordgirl One of the Shire-folk

    Apr 14, 2009
    I was out in the coop today and noticed that one of the BO girls is missing some (not all) of her feathers on her back. I'm guessing this is from our roo being a little too rough? Is this okay, or should I be trying to protect her? I don't *think* there were any scratches – well, none, at least, that were bleeding. Our girls are horrible at leaving cuts alone [​IMG] .

    She only the one hen who's missing a substantial amount of feathers, and even she doesn't look awful. There was one other hen that I realized a couple of weeks ago was missing feathers on her neck, but she was also missing some on her stomach, so maybe it was unrelated. (That hen is now growing her neck feathers back in.)
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2010
  2. Schultz

    Schultz CluckN'Crow Farm

    Aug 5, 2008
    When we have girls that have been overwhelmed by the roos, we put saddles on them to prevent further feather loss and to prevent pecking.
  3. chocolate m'scovy

    chocolate m'scovy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 14, 2010
    That does happen, when you have roosters. Sometimes that means you have to increase the hen-to-rooster ratio!
  4. purpletree23

    purpletree23 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2009
    You can also file the roos nails so they are not so sharp and damaging. The hen might need a break from him also.

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