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Naked chickens ............
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Rhonda Sullivan    Posted 05-26-2002 at 18:52:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have Black Austrolorp chickens that are one year old. I have one problem with them. All of the hens have naked backs! We have cleaned the chicken house from top to bottom and dusted the roosts and nests for mites. We've dipped them in a medicated dip but nothing seems to help. I'm beginning to think my rooster is the problem. I don't know what to do. Anyone got any ideas? I guess I could make a little dress for each one of them. That way they could do their business but their backs would be protected. HELP.......

bob ny    Posted 05-27-2002 at 12:29:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
them chickens aren't moltimg are they they do
that you know

Tom A    Posted 05-27-2002 at 04:25:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]

sounds like it is almost certainly the rooster; someo of them tread the feathers off the backs of the hens during mating. You'll especially see it on some of their 'favorites.'

I understand turkeys are worse, and in the past the old timers would make 'saddles' out of canvas to protect the most valuable hens backs during mating. I've been toying in my mind with the idea of trying that on our hens but just haven't gotten around to making and trying them. Somebody here might have a pattern?

good luck,

Redneck    Posted 05-27-2002 at 02:48:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Somebody gave a featherless chicken to my daddy one time.He brought it home and it became sort of a pet.It had no health problems only no feathers.

One day they were going hunting and this hawk came down out of nowhere and grabbed this ol chicken.Well it took off and by the time daddy saw what had happened,the chicken and the hawk was way up there in the air.Being a crack shot,daddy dusted the ol hawk and he dropped the chicken.Here come this poor featherless hen,couldn't catch herself and she crash landed in a briar patch.Do you know this ol hen come walking out like nothing happened!

She stayed around there a long time till a stray dog got her,but he met the bussiness end of a shotgun sort of sudden like.Had to share that.Every time I hear somebody talking about chickens with no feathers,it comes to mind.

Dennis    Posted 05-26-2002 at 19:45:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Had a problem with our leghorn rooster tearing up our hens. we now have him segregated and will keep him that way until it's chicken stew time. I actually saw him tearing the feathers out of our hen's head, and he also attacks my wife when she goes out to feed the animals. Eggs taste the same anyway.
Maybe you could segregate your rooster for awhile and see if the problem corrects itself and then you will be sure its him.

Some roosters are just brutal

Jerry S    Posted 05-28-2002 at 13:24:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Dad took a rooster that flogged my 18 month sister and flung him through the car windows to the other side and then we got rid of that one. I'd shoot any chicken that does that to my daughter. No soup is that good that I have to cook some old rooster. I never have liked chickens since then.

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