Wounds on my Henny - Could it be from the Rooster?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by monicalynn, Feb 28, 2017.

  1. monicalynn

    monicalynn Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi there fellow Chicken Lovers!!
    I have 2 young Roosters. Tyson and Bruno. I also have 11 Hens ranging in age from 5 months to almost 2 years. My 2 roosters are very...aggressive. Suddenly about a week ago I noticed this hard crusted over open wound in one of my Hens. Brownie is her name. She is about 1 year old. Her feathers were all looking as if they were molting out from under her wing. I guess it would be her arm pit area. A few days later I noticed that the area had spread to her side to almost under her on the belly. I have her in a separate coop area now. At first I wasn't sure if it was a disease.
    Today I went out and let her mingle with the other birds. I know she has been getting lonely. She was out for no more than 3 minutes when BOTH roosters just cased her. I got them away and I am not kidding- they basically paced her and tried again. Now I am wondering if the Roosters have been rough on her. I did get some antibiotic spray that I used on her for the first time today.

    Is that possible? Would they cause such wounds? Is it normal for roosters to gang up for some reason on 1 particular Hen?
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Since the feather loss began under her wings, then no - this was not caused by your cockerels / roosters. It may be some kind of lice / mite problem. If you could post your question on the ER forum (with pics) - https://www.backyardchickens.com/forums/threads/add/forumId/10 the experts there should be able to shed some light.

    Since she has been isolated from the flock, on her return she is likely to have been perceived as a newbie. Either that, or whatever is ailing her has caused her behaviour to change, and they are trying to eject her from the flock.

    The suggested cock bird: hen ratio is 1:10. It may be worth considering either getting more gals, or getting rid of one of your males.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Can you post of pic of the area?
    Was it actually a wound/cut to the skin....or just feather loss?

    I'd separate one or both of the males until they mature a bit.
    1 male can cover 11 females for fertilization purposes.
    2 males create an environment of competition, where often both males will be more aggressive.
     

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