Q- I have a lovely trio of  Brahmas and one of the  hens has started to lose a lot of feathers on her back. She is almost bare, and I am worried  that she has a disease or mites. Carl Hendy, Kent

A- Terry Beebe says: This is  due to mating. The  cockerel mounts the  female and stands on her back,  gripping her with his claws and holding onto the back of her neck with his beak. Every time this happens, he removes some feathers. It is quite natural, and the only thing you can do is to protect her by either separating her from the male or fitting a poultry saddle on her back, protecting this area. These can be bought from your poultry equipment supplier and are very easy to fit. They give the protection needed at this time.


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