Rooster won't leave hens alone! Hens hiding!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by sixchicks, Jun 26, 2011.

  1. sixchicks

    sixchicks Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 21, 2010
    My coop has three hens and one rooster. Three weeks ago my Wynadotte hatched four chicks and so I seperated her and her chicks from the main coop. Now, my rooster is not being aggressive with the remaining two hens, but mounting them so constantly that their back feathers are all gone and one of the hens has taken to hiding in the coop to stay away from him! Is this just because the pecking order has been disrupted or is something else going on? How do I treat the raw backs of my two hens? Any suggestions would really help!
  2. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    I would lock him up for a few weeks.
    Or at least use some duct tape across the hen's back to protect her.
  3. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    I would say you need more hens..
    I run 10 hens for each rooster.. since you were already low with only three.. when you took out one it just made things worse for the remaining two

    Do you have some place where you can separate him for a while to give the girls a break?
  4. sixchicks

    sixchicks Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 21, 2010
    Could I move the hen with three week old chicks back to the coop and take the rooster out, leaving only the hens and the chicks in the coop?
  5. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Quote:I recommend you purchase chicken saddles/aprons for your hens to protect their backs. Their feathers will eventually grow back after molt. The saddles will also protect them from sunburn. Putting the mama hen and chicks together with the other hens is risky in that the other hens could possibly attack the chicks. The mama hen can protect the chicks only so much. If the hens had already been together with the mama hen and chicks, it probably wouldnt be such an issue, they would be used to each other. Keeping the rooster seperated has consequences later on down the road if you let him back with the hens...he will be more determined than ever to mate with your hens and will hurt them worse...been there, done that! You need more hens, as stated by Yinepu. Your other option is to get rid of your rooster. Keep the mama hen and chicks seperated from the other hens until the chicks get bigger.
  6. sixchicks

    sixchicks Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 21, 2010
    Thanks for the advice. This is the first time I've ever had chicks and I don't want them to get hurt or the rooster to come back with a vengence! I'll buy some chicken saddles. Thanks again.
  7. GoldenSparrow

    GoldenSparrow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2011
    I really would recomend lovemychix saddles, you can buy them here in the everything for sale part.

    they are fantastic!!
    I have buy some from many different places, and have found hers are the BEST!!
  8. Casey3043

    Casey3043 Chillin' With My Peeps

    It's not always the number of hens. I have 26 hens and one rooster, and several of the hens (his favorites, I guess) have raw spots on their shoulders and very few feathers on their backs. Others look gorgeous, with not a broken feather in sight. I bought some hen saddles, but haven't put them on yet due to the hot weather. Is it OK for them to wear them with temps in the 90s?
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2011
  9. Jacqdiva

    Jacqdiva Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2014
    Hervey Bay QLD Australia
    My white Wyandotte hen has saved herself by going broody I think!:D I have let her and stuck a bunch of everyone's eggs under her. I thought she may as well learn how to be a mum. I have really wanted a broody. How long will it take till her back feathers come back?
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2014
  10. Stiggy

    Stiggy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2014
    New Zealand
    It depends on how far the moult is away and how much extra protein and feed they have. I would remove the roo either temporary or out of the equation entirely and got more hens. That many hens with one roo is problematic and will be stressing the hens out to the point that they may stop laying and become anxious and depressed

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