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Young Hens Picking Old Roo's Butt

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by DonnaBelle, Sep 16, 2009.

  1. DonnaBelle

    DonnaBelle Songster

    Feb 15, 2009
    McIntosh County, OK
    Hello all,

    My new pullets, now laying pullet eggs are picking my old Roo's butt feathers out.

    I have tried: Pine tar, blue kote, bag balm, all to no avail. He has about 3 tail feathers left. He looks sooo strange. His bottom is so red and raw. However, he is acting normal, he is eating fine.

    I have a young rooster, one of the March 11 group that I kept.

    So one old roo, one young roo, and about 25 pullets. I might add, they don't bother the young roo, just the old one.

    I wonder, does anyone have another solution, besides keeping him separate from the others? Will they eventually kill him?? He is about 6 years old.


  2. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

    May 24, 2008
    Southeast Arkansas
    yes, they could eventually kill him.. Are you sure they are the guilty party? I had some banties with some turkeys and they were just fine till they started molting and growing in the "blood feathers" and they started pecking at them. They had been together for 6 months, and I had to separate them. because they were drawing blood.

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