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i have noticed feathers in the nest box and have found one of my girls has pulled out most of her breast feathers , does she think that she is going to hatch her eggs unlikely as there is no roo,

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I don't think it's possible for chickens NOT to lay eggs

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Some not so famous quotes: "A Jewish woman had two chickens. One got sick, so the woman made chicken soup out of the other one to help the sick one get well."
-Henny Youngman
"If people knew how KFC treats its chickens, they'd never eat another drumstick. "
-Pamela Anderson
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post #3 of 13
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Originally Posted by Chicken Cluck 

I don't think it's possible for chickens NOT to lay eggs


If there is no roo the eggs won't be fertile.


Sounds like she is going broody.
Time to order some hatching eggs and let her do it for you! jumpy

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post #4 of 13

Yep. Egg buying time. It is futile to resist. You MUST buy eggs for your broody girl, and post pics when they hatch!

post #5 of 13

Hens will pick their feathers to add to the nest??Is that why my hen that went broody last year had some missing breast feathers?

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4 white hens, 1 blue Andalusian hen, my old turkey hen, 2 australorp hens, 3 buff orp hens, 2 RIR hens, 1 black Sumatra hen, too many game hens, and 8 guinea fowl plus many many fish and shrimp.
A video of my flock

Flock eating a treat

My Cherry Shrimp
The chicken is no less complex than man :)

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post #6 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pinky 

Hens will pick their feathers to add to the nest??Is that why my hen that went broody last year had some missing breast feathers?


The skin to egg contact allows for the build up of humidity for hatching.

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post #7 of 13

Wow.I didn't know that.I learn something new here every day big_smile

4 white hens, 1 blue Andalusian hen, my old turkey hen, 2 australorp hens, 3 buff orp hens, 2 RIR hens, 1 black Sumatra hen, too many game hens, and 8 guinea fowl plus many many fish and shrimp.
A video of my flock

Flock eating a treat

My Cherry Shrimp
The chicken is no less complex than man :)

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4 white hens, 1 blue Andalusian hen, my old turkey hen, 2 australorp hens, 3 buff orp hens, 2 RIR hens, 1 black Sumatra hen, too many game hens, and 8 guinea fowl plus many many fish and shrimp.
A video of my flock

Flock eating a treat

My Cherry Shrimp
The chicken is no less complex than man :)

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post #8 of 13

I agree with the other posts. Sounds like she is going broody to me too.  jumpy  love

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post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by cluckychick 

The skin to egg contact allows for the build up of humidity for hatching.


Learnt someting taday. Tanks

post #10 of 13

I often ask myself 'Has she lost her mind?!" about one of my goofy girls.Yes, plucking out the breast feathers is one sign of going broody. Staying on the nest all night when she usually goes to roost is another. Growling like a guard dog is another one. The breast feathers plucked makes the eggs closer to her skin and body heat; that's why they do that.

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