member in vermont,with questions on a rooster

jbutton

Hatching
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Oct 10, 2014
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Hello, I have 11 hens and 1 rooster. As of late I have noticed that the rooster is mounting them and I have a few that are losing feathers on the backs right next to their tail . Looks like the rooster maybe removing them when he is on them. Does this sound right. Thanks in advance
 

nj2wv

Songster
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Lost Creek ,WV
:frow welcome to BYC !!

Yes those are his favorites and he is mounting them too much. You can separate him or make aprons for the hens.
 

drumstick diva

Still crazy after all these years.
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How many hens do you have? Roosters can handle 10 hens, any less and they tend to get overbred to the point of damage. There are vendors on the BYC Buy,sell,trade, forum that includes "everthing else for sale" including hen aprons, diapers etc. I believe you can even download a pattern for making them yourself, on BYC.

If you have no need for fertile eggs to hatch or sell, you don't even need a rooster at all Hens will be less stressed and continue to lay eggs without him - though they will not be fertile.
 

jbutton

Hatching
5 Years
Oct 10, 2014
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Got 11 hens and I am thinking of getting rid of him. We bought them from a friend last late fall. And he got them in the early fall
 

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