roosters pick on one hen

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by cjsgrlsx3, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. cjsgrlsx3

    cjsgrlsx3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    148
    1
    91
    Aug 20, 2011
    I have a EE that is torn up from mating. The roosters stand in line for her. I have four roosters and 8 hens. I know the ratio is high but have never had a problem before now. I will be getting rid of at least two roosters very soon. She is torn up bad enough where the skin is peeled back under her left wing. Have any of you had this before and what did you do?
     
  2. UncleTommy

    UncleTommy Chillin' With My Peeps

    551
    1
    101
    Jul 19, 2011
    Sanger, CA
    yikes! Give her a break, if they have peeled her skin she needs to be taken away from them. When she is on the mend you can get her a saddle, its just a piece of fabric that the roos grab on to so they don't grab on to her.
     
  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Gang breeding happens with too many roos. Happened in my flock before!

    It would be best to separate her and let her heal- or make a bachelor pen for all the boys now to give the girl a break. If the other hens are pecking at her sore spot the hen does need to have her own cage for awhile though.
     
  4. cjsgrlsx3

    cjsgrlsx3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    148
    1
    91
    Aug 20, 2011
    She has been separated and I ordered saddles a few days ago. When she is reintroduced will this continue to happen?
     
  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Quote:My guess is that you will need to make a bachelor pen for the boys or get rid of some of them. All the saddle will do is keep the claws of the roo from further injuring the hen's skin/feathers in that spot where the saddle covers. Gang breeding can kill hens from internal injuries (being squished to death, in other words).

    I hope it all works out for you!

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=7851885
    see post #7 if you will
     
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2012

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by