balding broody hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by daisy04859, Jul 7, 2016.

  1. daisy04859

    daisy04859 New Egg

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    I have a hen that has been sitting on eggs waaaaay too long. this morning I took her out of the nest and noticed that her belly feathers are missing. should I be concerned? is there help her her?
     
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

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    They pluck their stomachs when brooding so that their skin comes into contact with the eggs and warms them better.

    If you're not going to let her hatch it's best to break her of the broodiness. It's very hard on them and you've said she's been broody for a long time so at this point since it doesn't seem like she's stopping on her own it sounds like it's time to break her.
     
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    daisy04859 New Egg

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    I read a post that placing them in a wire cage and setting them up off the ground will help them. other than food and water, do they require bedding?
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    No bedding, the whole point is to cool them off.
    How long has she been sitting?
     

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