Overmating one hen

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Orpingtons43, Jan 20, 2018.

  1. Orpingtons43

    Orpingtons43 Songster

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    okay so I have a blue orpington rooster with a RIR, Blue Orpington, and barred rock hens. Every time I go outside he is always breeding the same barred rock hen. Her back is starting to loose feathers. What do I need to do? The rooster is 2 years old.
     
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  2. sylviethecochin

    sylviethecochin Free Ranging

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    You could try a chicken saddle?

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  3. Orpingtons43

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    If I did get a saddle what size would a barred rock hen need?
     
  4. sylviethecochin

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    I believe that they sell in standard, bantam, silkie, and large. She'd be standard. Amazon's good, but some people on Etsy sell some nice ones.
     
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  5. Orpingtons43

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    How many do I need to buy? How often do I change them out?
     
  6. sylviethecochin

    sylviethecochin Free Ranging

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    Buy as many as you have bare-backed hens. I've never used one, but I understand that they don't need removed, only occasionally checked to make sure that they're fitting properly and not gathering dirt (dust baths.) Obviously, if it somehow gets filthy, it should be washed.
     
  7. Orpingtons43

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    Just in case I'm probably going to buy 2. Okay thanks so much!
     
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  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    If you put a saddle on your hen, be sure to check periodically to make sure that a mite or louse population does not build up under the protection of the saddle.
     
  9. Orpingtons43

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    Thank you! I will be sure to check.
     
  10. Orpingtons43

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    Also, now that we have a solution..... Why does the rooster seem to only be mating with her multiple times a day?
     

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