brooding hen lost feathers on belly, why?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by bearhogg, Jan 24, 2012.

  1. bearhogg

    bearhogg New Egg

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    One of my hens has began sitting on eggs about 5 days ago. Everyday I remove any eggs. She has broke 2 eggs over those 5 days. Today I noticed she does not have feathers on her belly. What can I do in this cold weather?
     
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    They pull their own feathers, typically. It helps with skin to egg contact.
     
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    What he ^ said. :)
     
  4. bearhogg

    bearhogg New Egg

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    Thanks, is there anything I can do to protect her from the cold?
     
  5. blueberrychickens

    blueberrychickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Don't worry about her, she'll be fine. The broody girls will pull their feathers out to increase the skin to egg contact. If you put your hand under her, you'll see how warm she really is.
     

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