Roosters, Hens, and Molting

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Nonnie195, Aug 7, 2014.

  1. Nonnie195

    Nonnie195 Out Of The Brooder

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    My chickens will molt for the first time this fall. (I have 9 hens and 1 rooster.) Will the rooster continue to try to mate the hens during molt? I have read that they will be very sensitive to touch as their new feathers grow in, and I do not want Solomon, the rooster, to hurt them.
     
  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    I'm not sure if he continues to mount during the molt. If you see him doing that then get a saddle for your hens to protect their backs.
     
  3. Nonnie195

    Nonnie195 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have saddles, but even with the saddles, if he mounts them, he can still hurt them from the pressure.
     

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