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what would be causing this?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ryantollefson81, Mar 8, 2015.

  1. ryantollefson81

    ryantollefson81 New Egg

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    I have 2 roosters and 4 hens. 1 rooster and 2 hens are missing feathers on their backs. What would be causing this? Picture included.[​IMG]
     
  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Probably your rooster who has all of his feathers. It is very common for a dominant rooster to mount a subordinate.

    Or, it could be mites or lice, I suppose. But I find it a little suspect that 3 of them are missing feathers and one is not...
     
  3. ryantollefson81

    ryantollefson81 New Egg

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    That is what I thought. I didn't know a dominant rooster will mount a subordinate. If it was mites or lice wouldn't they all have feathers missing? What do I need to do???????
     
  4. justplainbatty

    justplainbatty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if they are brooder buddies, they should work it out. But, you need more hens or one less rooster! Each roo needs at least 5 hens! If you want to keep both roosters and not add hens, build them a bachelor pen and just let one or the other out with the hens a few hours a day or whatever.[​IMG]
     
  5. ryantollefson81

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    We plan to get more hens so hopefully that works!!
     

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