Rooster losing feathers

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by spies04, Nov 22, 2011.

  1. spies04

    spies04 Chirping

    May 28, 2011

    My hens are continually pulling the feathers around my roosters hind area. They are almost obsessed with it. He is a younger rooster and they are younger hens. None of my elderly even bother. It has gotten so bad that I have had to lock him up in a kennel at night and he is becoming paranoid [​IMG]

    I have never seen anything like this. Any help would be much appreciated. I don't want his world to end up in a large dog kennel most of his time.

  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    There are products you can buy at most feedstores such as blu-kote, and I believe another one is called something like peck-no-more that will discourage the hens from pecking him. I prefer an old school product called pine tar. Pine tar is the most effective in my opinion - one peck and they will quickly decide to find something else to peck, but it is messy and would probably make a mess of his feathers in that area.

    Good luck. [​IMG]
  3. ChickenMack

    ChickenMack Songster

    Oct 7, 2011
    Pull him out of the yard during the day and let him roost with the girls at night. They are just setting the pecking order- your roo is "hen-pecked"[​IMG] Put him in a dog kennel or a seperate fenced area for a week or so during the day and your hens will find something else to do.
  4. Katydid2011

    Katydid2011 Songster

    Apr 22, 2011
    West Coast USA
    I was having the same problem. The girls love their Roo but they outnumber him by 30 to 1 in that particular coop and his beautiful sickle feathers seem irresistible to the girls now that the weather has changed and they're not outside free ranging all day. Even though they're in a huge coop and there's no overcrowding they still tend to get after one another in a way that never happens in the dry seasons and it's the roo that has the most interesting feathers to pick at. I've taken to keeping him in a separate pen inside the coop during the day so they can't get to him. At night he goes onto the roost with the girls. If it's relatively dry, they free range together and leave one another alone.

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