Rooster is beating up my hens!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by AKChickenGal, Jul 17, 2016.

  1. AKChickenGal

    AKChickenGal Out Of The Brooder

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    I currently have three roosters, which will be narrowed down to two tomorrow. I mostly have smaller breeds like campines, hamburgs, and a leghorn so I am keeping the smaller roosters as well. I have one naked neck hen that is getting her neck torn up by my Blue Andalusian rooster. Is this normal or is it unusually aggressive behavior for a rooster? The neck wounds are new since yesterday and I am worried the other hens will pick at her scabs or she will get more serious wounds from the rooster. They are all 17 weeks old and not laying yet. The other hens get their necks grabbed too, but they have feathers for protection. Any suggestions?

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    Last edited: Jul 17, 2016
  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    With Naked Necks, these kinds of wounds are pretty common, even for a docile rooster. As long as it's not severe tearing, I'd say that it's just a side effect of her being... well, naked. You could apply some Neosporin if you wanted, but if the cuts are minor and the birds aren't acting stressed, I wouldn't be worried.
     
  3. AKChickenGal

    AKChickenGal Out Of The Brooder

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    She doesn't seem stressed so far, so I will keep an eye and her and she will probably be fine. Thanks for the advice.
     

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