- Jul 17, 2019
One of my hens has lost most of her back/saddle feathers. She used to have a poofy rump and now its just ragged.
Is she OK?
Is she OK?
Yeah, I do have one rooster and 5 hens. I don't see him on her more than the others.Do you happen to have a rooster? This is exactly what my hens look like if we acquire a few too many roosters
Thanks for the reply. Ill look into making her a saddle. She is easy to catch, as she is the slowest and least scared of human touch.I would expect that to be from your rooster. you can always catch her and look her over. Make sure she has no mites/lice and no open wounds on her back since her skin is exposed to the rooster now. I make my hens chicken saddles if they ever get like that
I know what you mean! I normally put my hand in a layer and gently lift up. Definitely clean up her bottom asap! I just dealt with my first fly strike ever..it was awful. I just trim the dirty feathers off. It's the easiest to do. I went around my whole flock this week trimming anyone that had anything on their feathers. Only took a minute and you can barely tell I cut any feathers offThanks for the reply. Ill look into making her a saddle. She is easy to catch, as she is the slowest and least scared of human touch.
I saw no wounds, but getting to her skin in that area is difficult and it seems like there is a blanket of the grayish inner feathers.
She does have a dirty booty that I need to try and wash off, not too bad though, although I may have to trim since she's pretty bushy in he rear area.