Our over-zealous Jack, in his mating, is de-feathering our ladies. Believe it or not, you can find chicken saddles on-line that protect the hens back from the rooster’s claws. My wife and I put saddles on Mo and Mini
The ladies were not happy with their capes. I think it made them faster. They ran around like crazy chickens trying to get away from this thing that was on their back. They squawked and pecked at it. Mo actually started to undo the stitching on the elastic. We put these on just before bed time and I was very worried with the way they were running that they might be in the next county before they stopped. But we got them into the run and they did go to bed. The next morning they were much better. They still fly up to the roosts and do their chicken things. Hopefully this will protect their backs and they can grow new feathers. We don’t like any of the other options, segregating Jack, getting rid of Jack or surgically altering Jack. I read someplace that each rooster need at least 10 hens, getting five more chickens isn’t an option that I like either.
The saddle may protect the back feathers but Jack has ripped out the feathers on Ini’s head when he mounts her and grabs with his beak. I’ll have to look up chicken helmets next. She’s only a year old and already going bald.