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Missing feathers on back

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Jennyhaschicks, Jan 26, 2009.

  1. Jennyhaschicks

    Jennyhaschicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2008
    Maine
    A couple of my hens are missing feathers on their backs. Well, the feathers aren't ripped out just broken off.
    Would the cause of this be breeding?
    Sorry I am fairly new to this, but breeding is the only thing I can think of??
     
  2. Chicken Woman

    Chicken Woman Incredible Egg

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    Yes your roster is being rough. How many hens to roo ratio do you have ? If you have to many roo's thay can wear those girls out. Should be around 8 hens to a roo. There is a garment you can put on them to help the feathers gro back in but I can't think of what it's called . [​IMG]

    IM sure someone else will come along and tell you about it.
     
  3. Jennyhaschicks

    Jennyhaschicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2008
    Maine
    I have 3 roos right now. I only have 9 hens. [​IMG]
    I know. I know. We were supposed to cull 2 of the roos this weekend. We ended up taking the kids somewhere on Sat and my nephews b day party on Sunday. So they are going this week (end) at the latest.
    As far as I have seen my hens don't let the younger roos breed them. I didn't know if they were grabbing my hens and trying to breed them and breaking feathers.
    On the other hand I think my older roo can be a bit rough.
     
  4. Chicken Woman

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    I think it's called a saddle. Go to search and type in saddle. [​IMG]
     
  5. sammi

    sammi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    yep...they're called chicken saddles..
    try poultry supply places online,
    some people make them,
    google "chicken saddles"...you'll find links for them there.
     
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2009

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