Molting or rough roo?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Fallen Leaf Farm, Mar 12, 2011.

  1. Fallen Leaf Farm

    Fallen Leaf Farm Chirping

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    A couple of my 11 month old BO have lost a lot of feathers on their backs. Is it too early for them to be molting? Is the roo playing rough? If it's the roo, what do I do?
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Pictures of the damage would help, but if the loss of feathers is confined mainly to the lower back I'd suspect the roo. Check out hen saddles.

    http://www.hensaver.com/
     
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  3. Fallen Leaf Farm

    Fallen Leaf Farm Chirping

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    Hope this works....this is the worst one, down to bare skin in some places

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  4. Pinky

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    That looks like rooster damage.
     
  5. Fallen Leaf Farm

    Fallen Leaf Farm Chirping

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    Thanks! 'Ol Nugget just keeps adding the negative check marks by his name!
     
  6. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Free Ranging

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    Rooster damage.

    Molting looks like this:
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  7. Fallen Leaf Farm

    Fallen Leaf Farm Chirping

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    So is there anyway to stop Nugget from hurting his girls other than the chicken saddles? Over the winter the group has been a little more confined (8 birds in a 8x12' horse stall in the barn, but turned loose inside the barn during the day), so would that contribute to Nugget's behavior? If I use the saddles, do the girls wear them 24/7? Thanks for taking the time to teach the newbie!
     
  8. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Other than seperating him, saddles are the only solution I know of. You could try trimming his nails and spurs, but some roos just don't fit together well with some hens.
    They'd wear them 24/7, at least for a while. My saddle-wearing girls (two of them now) really don't mind their saddles.
     
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  9. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

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    I've found when a roo takes an overinterest in a specific hen, there's really no stopping him. I've heard the saddles work but I haven't tried them, when I had a roo the hen was actually hiding from, we just butchered him. No chicken stalkers allowed!
     

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