and damaged feathers on Poultry in Breeding season.
Below i have uploaded
three images which show the damage to our Blue Orpingtons
back and wings, due to the cockerels spurs, and pulling
of neck feathers.
This is quite normal
but if left unchecked can lead to the skin becoming
punctured and torn, thus causing infection to set in.
Usually it is best to keep an average of 6 hens to each
cockerel, but this i know is not always possible, and
so your hens will either need to be rested up from the
cockerel, or you can buy one of our protective saddles.
Cockerels will always have their favourite hens and
some become overworked regardless of how many hens in
a pen. When i started out breeding i was not aware of
this problem, and lost a couple of hens, so we now always
use saddles from start of breeding season, as early
as February through to September.
Buy your saddles now