Is this caused by rooster?

MeepMeeps

Songster
5 Years
Jun 15, 2015
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Long Island, NY
Hi, my chickens are about 9 months old and one is showing less feathers on her back. Is this because the rooster mates with her too much? She acts normal and is healthy otherwise- no signs of mites or lice and she's the only one of the group. Thanks.
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rockriver

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Sep 27, 2015
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Could be the rooster or maybe she is getting picked on how many hens do u have generly one roo per 10 hens stops over mating
 

MeepMeeps

Songster
5 Years
Jun 15, 2015
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Long Island, NY
Thank you Rockriver. I have 5 girls, 1 boy. He is generally a gentleman but I see that is half the ratio...She is a bit higher in pecking order and haven't seen any of the girls peck on her. Do saddles work?
 

Mr Beaks

Crowing
6 Years
Jan 13, 2015
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Saddles definitely work and that does look like damage from a rooster, IMO. I got mine from amazon.Com as I couldn't find any locally. This one has elastic that slips over each wing. I bought a size large for my RIR and it fits well. If you need more info let me know as there are different sizes and types. It worked wonders for us!
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Good luck!
 

Chicken Egg 17

Songster
Dec 11, 2015
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McVeytown PA
Hi, my chickens are about 9 months old and one is showing less feathers on her back. Is this because the rooster mates with her too much? She acts normal and is healthy otherwise- no signs of mites or lice and she's the only one of the group. Thanks.
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A rooster usually has a favorite hen that he may mate with more than the others and when that happens the hens feathers on there back starts to fall or be pulled out
 

MeepMeeps

Songster
5 Years
Jun 15, 2015
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Long Island, NY
Thank you - I think she might be his favorite. They are all laying except one or two are on break for the winter. She lays almost every day. I will check out the saddles and get her one asap!
 

rockriver

In the Brooder
Sep 27, 2015
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Thank you - I think she might be his favorite. They are all laying except one or two are on break for the winter. She lays almost every day. I will check out the saddles and get her one asap!


Hens who dont lay wont let the roo mate them so he will give the others more attention once they start laying againg the problem should get better
 

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