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Missing feathers on back of hens head. Solution?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chixcoop, May 13, 2016.

  1. chixcoop

    chixcoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When my rooster mates with the hens it seems that he always has to grab them behind the back of their head with his beak. Well, now most of the feathers are missing from the girls head. Is this normal since he is a bantam? I do not remember how my standard rooster used to mate with the hens though, but this roosters behavior doesn't seem normal.

    Experience with this?
     
  2. MrsBrooke

    MrsBrooke Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's what they do... The head grabbing, that is. I've had girls with bloody combs when my rooster was "learning" and would miss their feathers.

    You could put a little iodine on them to turn their skin dark and avoid pecking.

    How many ladies are in with him?

    MrsB
     
  3. chixcoop

    chixcoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    2 roosters for 5. We have 9, but he only mates with a select 5, and sometimes 6.

    Is the iodine bad if it touches their bald skin?
     
  4. MrsBrooke

    MrsBrooke Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You want the idione on their bare skin. It's a disinfectant and hides bare, red skin (which can be a target for pecking, if you have a bully).

    I feel like you should put your best male in with the 9, and separate the other rooster.

    MrsB
     

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