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Old 08-04-2010, 05:44 PM
 
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There seems to be no group for farm animal issues so hopefully someone in this group can help. We have 2 hens and 1 rooster. The rooster seems to "pick" on one of the hens, and now her entire back is raw, red, and without feathers. Other than getting rid of the rooster (my nemesis anyhow) what can be done to prevent this "defeathering" of the little hen?
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Old 08-04-2010, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Interior AK
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Have you actually seen the rooster pecking the hen? It may be possible that this is your rooster's favorite hen and he is ripping the feathers off her back during his amorous attentions, which can lead to further pecking from him and your other chicken. You may want to look into a "chicken saddle" which is basically a little jacket that will protect your hen's back and let her feathers fgrow back in. In the meantime, you might want to separate your rooster from your hens unless you're trying for fertilized eggs.
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Old 08-04-2010, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Roosters often grip back feathers when they 'ride', which pulls the feathers out.
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Old 08-04-2010, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Missouri
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It is from mating. Get several more hens and your rooster will be too "busy" to focus so much on this one hen. Two hens isn't enough for one rooster (at least not in my experience).
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Old 08-06-2010, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Cumberland Co., TN
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It is from mating. Get several more hens and your rooster will be too "busy" to focus so much on this one hen. Two hens isn't enough for one rooster (at least not in my experience).
I have found that my roosters have their favorite girls. I have 2 roosters and about 22 hens, but they seem to like a couple hens a little too much.
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Old 08-06-2010, 03:33 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I have found that my roosters have their favorite girls. I have 2 roosters and about 22 hens, but they seem to like a couple hens a little too much.
Those are the slow chickens.

When people buy our eggs sometimes they will ask if the eggs are fertile.

I always respond that only the eggs from the slow chickens are fertile.

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Old 08-06-2010, 05:55 PM
 
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We keep them seperated for awhile, personally we don't care for fertile eggs . We have 6 3 month old roos now ,will only keep 1 after they are big enough to decide which one is best to keep. All roos are seperate from the 9 3mo. old hens .

Once injured the other chickens will tart pecking on the hen, I'd move the roo .
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Old 08-06-2010, 06:10 PM
 
Location: The Southern Sac's, NM
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those are the slow chickens.

When people buy our eggs sometimes they will ask if the eggs are fertile.

I always respond that only the eggs from the slow chickens are fertile.

Love the chicken humor!!!
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Old 08-07-2010, 07:24 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I rarely get a chance to tell a chicken joke
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Old 08-07-2010, 07:56 AM
 
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Get rid of the rooster and buy an alarm clock.
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