Plucked butted hens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Possum Manor West, Mar 21, 2009.

  1. Possum Manor West

    Possum Manor West Out Of The Brooder

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    We have one rooster, Cecil, who is a silkie. We have seven large hens and three silkie hens. We knew Cecil did not stand a chance with the big girls, and he slides right off their back. We got him to keep the cat out of the hen house where he liked to sleep in the nesting boxes. He did no harm, just wanted to be there. They did not like it one bit.

    Anyway, Cecil cannot mate with the big hens, which is fine with us. I think maybe it is not fine with Cecil though. He has plucked the feathers off each of their rear ends. They do not seem to be in any discomfort, but would if they ever caught a glimpse of themselves in the mirror!

    Is there anything I can put on them to keep Cecil from doing this?

    Thanks ahead of time.

    Kathie
     
  2. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    Is he plucking them because he is trying to breed them, or is he plucking them because of a protein difficiency?
     
  3. Possum Manor West

    Possum Manor West Out Of The Brooder

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    I cannot imagine it would be a protein lack. I will read up on that though. He does not pluck the hens his size.
     
  4. newchickmom

    newchickmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe try some "chicken aprons" to protect the girls? [​IMG]
     

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