Why on earth would a hen do this?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Lotsapaints, Sep 26, 2010.

  1. Lotsapaints

    Lotsapaints Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2010
    Paso Robles, CA
    She picks at my rooster's neck feathers going to make him look like a naked neck and he just lets her pick his feathers...they have plenty of turn out and a big run and have lots to eat not low in protein 18 to 20% I throw out a flake of alfalfa for them to have extra green as I have no grass until November so I need to get her a peeper? She hasn't been picking at anybody else she looks like she's helping him preen but she takes the feathers off and doesn't eat them all just picks them off and lets them fall...these are 7 months old I am going to need to do something poor Pierre and he acts like he loves her attention....
  2. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    I don't know, maybe she is after a bit more attention from him? Teasing?? [​IMG]

    Maybe she is just attracted to his pretty feathers - chickens like to peck shiny objects...
  3. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2009
    SouthEast Texas
    Is he actually starting to look thin there? Maybe she is just preening him. (I love watching them preen each others. It's so sweet. [​IMG] )
  4. Lotsapaints

    Lotsapaints Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2010
    Paso Robles, CA
    I might have to put him in a separate cage..I caged one hen but another looks like she might be doing more than preening he at least decided to peck back at them I do think it's been going on for a while just that it does look like they are loving on him..it's that I noticed last night he was loosing a lot of feathers if it keeps up I'll put him in the cage for a week or two to let him get some feathers back right now I'm thinking since it looks bright pink maybe some blu cote is needed
  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    You can get Rooster Booster Pick No More Lotion (looks kind of like molasses and does stain) and put that on him- tastes awful to them. I have used it on chicks. Worked instantly.
  6. Lotsapaints

    Lotsapaints Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2010
    Paso Robles, CA
    I think I saw some at the store does it come with a dauber?
  7. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Quote:The top of the bottle is kind of shaped with a flat opening, so you just squeeze it out. Some got on my hands but washed off eventually.
  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Sometimes adding protein (dry cat food) can correct this behavior. Sometimes it can not be corrected.

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