Love Hurts


Especially if you’re a hen.


  1. Marianne says:

    Our hens always used to have naked necks… the roosters are BRUTAL.

  2. Lisa T. says:

    Suzanne, You should make her a “hen saddle” (Google it-hen saddle pattern) Then you could use your sewing machine!


  3. Beth says:

    I wonder why that happens to some and not to others. None of my adult chickens have suffered from that. I know my boys are doing their jobs, but so far no problem with the hens.

    Now my young birds, they look awful because of all the picking and stuff. They have bare patches down by their tails like that. I’m looking forward to extending their living quarters this weekend. Now I just need to figure out how to get 16 foot cattle panels home to make the hoop coop!

  4. Runningtrails says:

    I have only one hen that looks like that, out of 20. Is it because the other hens pick on her?

  5. Christine says:

    Yep, you need to break the sewing machine in and make some chickens saddles. Don’t want the poor thing to get sunburned.

  6. Lisa D says:

    sad little hen… 🙂 My girls are starting to look like that too. I may have to kick the roo out for a week or so to give them a break!

  7. Kathie says:

    My Silkie rooster is in love with one of the Americans. Sadly he is too little to fertilize her eggs, but she is going bald in his attempts to do so. He pays attention to them all, but he loooovvvess Billie Jean.

  8. Valeria in NC says:

    Oh how I LOVE your blog! I read you everyday. My thought is I think you may have too many roosters. We have a bachelor coop to house the boys as they grow fat and delicious . . . well, that’s the plan anyway. They get all the best scraps and STILL don’t gain weight! Maybe they suspect something?

  9. SarahKoski says:

    I love reading this blog! I learn something new everyday. I never would have thought of making a saddle for a hen. Farmers are amazing. :duck:

  10. Cindy says:

    I have five girls with one roo. Four of the five look like that. I have thought of the saddle however where I live (TN) it is so hot I don’t think it would be a good idea. I am hoping he will be gone soon and then they can rehab.

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