Why are my hens loosing feathers on thier backs?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Namble, May 19, 2010.

  1. Namble

    Namble Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 20, 2009
    North Florida
    It's not a molt. I think it's from the rooster mating with them. I have 1 rooster in with 8 hens. Isn't that a good ratio? What can I do to stop this? My poor hens are looking sad [​IMG]
  2. georgialee

    georgialee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2009
    Knoxville, TN
    Yep it's your rooster. You can buy aprons to protect their feathers if you want. I have 18 hens to one roo and I still have several hens that are losing their feathers, lol!
    Last edited: May 19, 2010
  3. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    You're right, it's the roo. Get them hen saddles if you want.
  4. Purpledandilion

    Purpledandilion Out Of The Brooder

    May 19, 2010
    We have 1 roo and 12 hens, about 4 of them have bare backs! When it gets bad enough we end up seperating him with a different hen. If it is summer our chickens get really bad sunburns were there feathers are missing, so we constantly apply tripple antibotic ointment. The feathers should come back pretty quickly and the roo can come back. [​IMG]

    Hope this helps.

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