Winter is coming and hens have bald patches!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by AmyBella, Oct 27, 2010.

  1. AmyBella

    AmyBella Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Two of my hens have some rooster damage from mating and I am worried about them with winter coming up. One has a pretty big bald spot on her back and the other is bare on the "elbow" of her wing! They are a year and a half old and haven't molted yet. How can I protect them from frostbite?
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Looking into getting them some hen saddles, preferably the kind with removable shoulder pads. They will help keep their backs warm as well as aid in the prevention of further damage from the roo.
     
  3. AmyBella

    AmyBella Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Removable shoulder pads? Sounds fashionable and functional! [​IMG]

    That sounds like a great idea. Maybe I can line it with flannel or fleece on the problem areas.
     
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    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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  5. AmyBella

    AmyBella Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awesome - Thanks! I have a feeling that watching them get used to the saddles will provide hours of entertainment! Now let's see... what colors will best compliment their pretty feathers? Decisions, decisions. Think I'll go for the camouflage "cross your heart" with removable shoulder pads. They'll be the envy of the coop!
     

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