My poor hens will need hen saddles!

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  1. LUVMYCHIKAS

    LUVMYCHIKAS Out Of The Brooder

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    I have no experience with hen saddles! Help! Do they keep them on all the time? Just during the day? Can they still fly with them on? I have 4 hens and 4 roos. The poors girls will be worked over very soon if I don't take care of this. They are all 12 weeks old now and the mating play has begun. Any helpful suggestions would be wonderful.[​IMG]
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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  3. LUVMYCHIKAS

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    That's not what I want to hear. I thought if all my roos were getting along I may be able to make this work. The two cochin roos seems to be the alphas of the coop and they keep the guineas in check as well. They are the sweetest and get along very well with each other and only seem to harass the other two roos, and of course, the hens. How do you part with pets you have grown to love?
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Regardless of what you want to hear, you have a responsibility to your hens. With only 4 hens, even 1 rooster may overmate them, you'll just have to watch and see. If you just can't bear to get rid of the remaining roosters, you'll need to build separate housing for them. Roosters do well in a bachelor pad, with no access to females they usually keep the squabbles to a minimum. But you can't tease them by having the hens right close, either, that's just mean. So, take a good, hard look at your set-up and what your capabilities are, and decide what's really best for the birds you love so much. Is it living with you, or possibly living in a more appropriate home for them?
     
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  5. LUVMYCHIKAS

    LUVMYCHIKAS Out Of The Brooder

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    Much to think about...thank you for your input. Geez...I don't like any of the options but I want happy healthy chickens!
     
  6. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    The set up you have won't work well. All of the birds will be unhappy, so they won't be the pets you love, they will be mean, bloody and picked on. You can't just wish they will all get along with chicken management.

    Mrs K
     
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  7. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Too many roosters for the hens.

    Saddles are great. I have some with saddles because they are the rooster's favorites. The saddles don't impede their activities. Well, except the rooster has to work harder to mount them, but that is his problem.

    Chris
     
  8. LUVMYCHIKAS

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    I've decided reluctantly that I'll rehome two roosters to start. If I replace them with two hens and change my ratio (6 hens:2 roos) I'm hoping that will improve things for everyone. And hen saddles will still be a part of their wardrobe!
     
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    I had 6 hens to 3 roosters in my first flock. They were all housed together. Since they were raised together there was an established pecking order. My whole little flock was a happy little system. Should it be done differently? Yes, probably, but the 6:2 ratio can work.
     
  10. LUVMYCHIKAS

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    I'm so glad to hear something on a positive note! Do you use hen saddles?
     

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