Roos are plucking my hens bald...

Discussion in 'Quail' started by VickieB57, Jan 4, 2014.

  1. VickieB57

    VickieB57 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2013
    I know I've seen this conversation before but I can't seem to find it now. My roos are really getting mean with the hens in one of the cages. I had 2 roos to 8 hens in each cage. But today I ended up pulling out the roos in one of the cages. The heads of the hens are picked bald, but so are a lot of their backs, and I'm beginning to see bloody spots on them. I'm not going to put in another roo in that cage until they have completely healed up, and then I plan on putting in just 1 roo. I ended up culling the roos that were so aggressive, which leaves me only 2 roos left. The cage they are in seems to be much more peaceful, though I'm seeing some bald ladies in that cage too. Can anyone give advice on how to handle something like this, or give me a link to a previous thread? Thanks!
  2. jmysgrl08

    jmysgrl08 Out Of The Brooder

    May 22, 2013
    Aylett, VA
    From what I understand you have 1 too many roosters for the number of hens. Personally I decided to go go roo-less after our one rooster attacked me and my hens seem much happier. We sent the rooster to live with friends were he is the only chicken and he is spoiled rotten and no longer attacks people.
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop

    Too many roosters in one cage. You need to keep them 1 male to 5 or 6 females. I would give these females a break and way from males for a while. Make sure you are giving all these birds enough room.

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