1. cherwill

    cherwill Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2010
    McPherson, KS
    I have a very, shall we say active, rooster and over the winter he managed to wear the feathers off the backs of most of the hens. Now they're sunburned. At least, it looks like sunburn; they're red! They have plenty of shade and access to the coop, but of course they don't know anything about sunburn so they wander around and get even redder. Some look like they should be in pain but they all act like they feel fine. Should I put them in a restricted, shade-only area or is there something else I can do to protect them?
  2. stargirl

    stargirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 15, 2011
    I've no experience of this, but I have a friend who has a very white cat and she has to put suncream on his extremeties in summer. Perhaps you could try using an all-day cream for the worst affected?
  3. CupOJoe42

    CupOJoe42 CT Chicken Whisperer

    Apr 11, 2011
    Maybe some aloe vera???
  4. Rocky Top Chick

    Rocky Top Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 2, 2009
    North Carolina
    I have some just like that and I attribute it to hormones. Sunburn was my first thought until I started watching more closely. Sometimes they would be bright red, but a few minutes later she would be back to normal. At that point I stopped worrying and all is well.
  5. Godsgrl

    Godsgrl Ostrich wrangler

    Aug 27, 2007
    at the zoo usually
    You could put hen saddles on them, that would block the sun, and allow new feathers to grow in. It also sounds like you have too few hens for your rooster.
  6. cherwill

    cherwill Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2010
    McPherson, KS
    Thanks for the help. I read these to my husband and he likes the hormones explanation. He pointed out that they haven't blistered or peeled, so maybe it isn't really sunburn. They're finally starting to grow some feathers back, so that should help.

    Yeah, we definitely have too few hens for Zander, but won't be able to add to our flock until next spring at the earliest. What is a good ratio? Right now we only have 5 or 6 hens for our rooster. One MIGHT be another rooster, but doesn't really look or act like one yet.
  7. Barnyard

    Barnyard Addicted to Quack

    Aug 5, 2007
    Southwest Georgia
    Quote:Agree 100% [​IMG] I don't believe it is sunburn, but instead really happy rooster [​IMG]

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