Is this caused by rooster?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by MeepMeeps, Jan 9, 2016.

  1. MeepMeeps

    MeepMeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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. [​IMG][/IMG]
     
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  2. MeepMeeps

    MeepMeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. rockriver

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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
     
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  4. MeepMeeps

    MeepMeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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?
     
  5. rockriver

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    A cover on her back should help how many are laying?
     
  6. Mr Beaks

    Mr Beaks Chillin' With My Peeps

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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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  7. Chicken Egg 17

    Chicken Egg 17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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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
     
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  8. MeepMeeps

    MeepMeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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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!
     
  9. bantyhen

    bantyhen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try a hen saddle. It might keep her feathers from coming out as bad
     
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  10. rockriver

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    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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