Broody and Featherless?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by umanduhbree, Jun 2, 2012.

  1. umanduhbree

    umanduhbree In the Brooder

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    This is one of our broody hens. She has been nesting for several months, but still won't stay on a clutch long enough to hatch baby chicks. Last week we noticed that her breast is bare. Is this normal for hens who are broody for a long time or is this indicative of a great problem? Any advice? Her back is slowly recovering from sunburn and our rooster.

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  2. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Songster

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    Some hens pull their belly feathers to make better contact with the eggs. So that isn't necessarily produced by time on the eggs.
     

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