Sad situation!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Fussy8, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. Fussy8

    Fussy8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So my rooster has been very sweet to my hens and me but reasently he has been a little mean to the hens! His top hen got mad and started pulling out his head feathers (He has a crest) and he has not grow them back from the first time they pulled them out (2 or 3 months ago)! I'm really worried about him getting hurt! Somewhere i read that if a crested bird gets its feathers pulled from its head it can mentally and or physically scar them or worse kill!! I need help! And NO I will NOT eat him or cull him!!!!!!!!
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    You ay end up having to remove him from the flock, one way or another.

    If you can identify one bully among the hens, then remove her for a week, so she will be at the bottom of the pecking order when you return her. Works well in many cases.
     
  3. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    You can't "mentally scar" a chicken
    They don't KNOW what they look like
     
  4. kari_dawn

    kari_dawn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    just don't show them a mirror! [​IMG]

    What breed is your rooster? I think you may be thinking of silkies with vaulted skulls...their freaky skulls are more delicate than most breeds, but not all silkies have vaulted skulls. As far as feather re-growth, they need protien. Maybe start giving him things like scraps of meat, and mashed up boiled eggs. If his crest is extreme, trimming it a bit may help him see better so he can get away, or defend himself better. I think someone on here actually uses ponytail holders on their silkies...they take the hair ties out at night.

    If the picking becomes a problem, removing the bossiest for a week or so like flockwatcher stated. It will upset the flock dynamic, and reset the pecking order.
     
  5. Fussy8

    Fussy8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thank you!!
     

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