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Rooster Injuring Hens When Mating

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by henheaven, Jul 15, 2007.

  1. henheaven

    henheaven New Egg

    Jul 15, 2007
    We've got a fine, charismatic Rhode Island Red Rooster, hand-tamed and friendly. He takes excellent care of our 8 hens -- brings worms and berries to them. But, 4 of our hens have very red irritated skin on their wings/shoulders where the roosters claws grip them when he mates.

    I made little saddles for the hens, which they wore for a month or so, but the saddles themselves wore off the feathers.

    I tried to make little boots for the rooster, but haven't come up with a good design yet.

    I tried to clip the rooster's nails, but the quick is right at the tip and the first little snip of the nail caused a lot of bleeding.

    In need of a brilliant solution, other than eating the rooster!

    Many thanks,

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