what to use on hens back - other hens starting to pick

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by NC29mom, Jul 29, 2010.

  1. NC29mom

    NC29mom Songster

    Jun 15, 2010
    Scotland Neck, NC
    I have a hen that has lost feathers on top of her back. Well, she went broody and I was glad because she got to be all to herself and could heal some. Well, she didn't heal as fast as I thought. Some of the feathers have started to come back, but they are very short. What can I use (besides an apron or saddle) to prevent the other hens from picking on her back? I wish there was something I could use to keep the rooster off of her until she healed. I just don't have anywhere to put her by herself right now. We have 1 rooster and 13 hens in the pen she's in. They free range the better part of the day, and it's not really a problem then, just when they are in close contact.

    All help appreciated!
  2. chickenmom1

    chickenmom1 Songster

    Jan 29, 2010
    I sometimes use bag balm because it's antiseptic and sometimes I use the blue stuff in the spray can. I can't think of the name of it right now but I will find it for you if you don'tn have it. Good luck, I don't think anything will work to keep the other chickens off her. I keep my hens when they have problems in a dog pen with an igloo for the moment.
  3. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

    Aug 17, 2008
    Larry, KS
    My Coop
    Sometimes the feathers don't grow out until they molt- it can be 6 months!

    I cut an oval of lightweight fleece the size of the back and a little extra, then cut out a little hole for the tail at the bottom, then 2 c-shaped slits for the wings- this allows a little cover for the shoulders if the roo has worn those out, too. Works great!

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