NON Emergency - Hens losing back feathers, probable overmating

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by tamraclovw, Aug 26, 2013.

  1. tamraclovw

    tamraclovw Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all - just trying to confirm what I suspect. Several of my older hens (last years spring chicks) have bald red patches on their lower back, above their tail. I don't see any other indication of mites, although they all need a good dusting.

    I have around 6-8 laying hens, 6 more starting now, 8 chicks with mama, and 2 roosters. The only reason that I have 2 roos is that I WAS expanding my flock to have around 20-25 hens, before a spring fox attack took out half of them. I bought 24 chicks, and the fox got all but 3 a month later. I have read that I could have 1 roo for each 10-15 hens, so 2 should have been fine for 20ish

    Also, the boys are from this year, young with small spurs, but they gang up on any unlucky hen. Somehow, they girls have not lost all their head feathers. I couldn't manage a picture, as they are all hiding under the coop from the heat.

    Any confirmations or OTHER opinions? Should I just get rid of one of my roos? They are Black Copper Marans, and beautiful. Anyone south of Lexington, KY want one?
     
  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    I agree, the roosters are probably overmating the hens. You can get your hens "saddles" which will prevent any more feathers from being ripped out. Or, you can get rid of one of the roosters. I can't have any more chickens, but I'm sure somebody would want a beautiful Black Copper Marans. [​IMG]
     
  3. tamraclovw

    tamraclovw Out Of The Brooder

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    Is a saddle just a type of sling that hooks onto their legs ans over their back>
     
  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    A saddle is a piece of cloth that goes on a hen's back to prevent feather damage by a rooster. Here is a picture (not my picture): [​IMG]

    And, here is a little information on chicken saddles, and on making chicken saddles:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/222281/what-is-a-chicken-saddle-used-for-please
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/26529/chicken-saddle-making-question#post_246656
     

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