Bare bellies?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ac3070, Mar 8, 2017.

  1. ac3070

    ac3070 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have four hens, they are about a year old. In the last few days I've noticed two of them are missing their belly fluff. Everything else seems fine, we are still getting 2-3 eggs/day from the group, they have been roosting on their bar, laying eggs usually in their nesting boxes. Do you think they are molting?

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  2. Dooze

    Dooze Out Of The Brooder

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    Have they gone broody? Some hens will pluck their belly feathers for a skin-to-egg contact when they want to hatch. The fact that the plucking is pretty clean and not bloody makes me think this as opposed to a pecking order. I doubt they'd be molting now, especially if they molted in the fall..
     
  3. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    That is caused from picking......that's not the belly......;).......

    Picking causes are
    Too hot
    Too crowded
    Short of fresh air
    Lack of protein in the feed...Or the coop is to brightly lit.....


    Best of luck....


    Cheers!
     

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