Both my chickens are plucking out their breast feathers

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by zipf, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. zipf

    zipf New Egg

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    Our chickens are both under a year old and have just started plucking their breast feathers. They are eating, drinking, laying. All behaviors are normal. I have checked for mites (as best I know how) and don't see any signs, I have also heard this could be as a result of protein deficiency so have been giving them dry cat food as a treat. Could it just be molting behavior?


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  2. TheSpeckledRoo

    TheSpeckledRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have they been trying to go broody? My hens do that when they are broody, its to give more heat on the eggs.
     
  3. zipf

    zipf New Egg

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    One seemed kind of broody a couple of weeks ago, but not at all anymore. The other one really hasn't been. They lay and go right back to running around.
     
  4. zipf

    zipf New Egg

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    It has gotten much colder here in the last week or so and this coincides with that. Could that be the reason even if they aren't particularly broody?
     

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