Broody and Featherless?

umanduhbree

In the Brooder
8 Years
Aug 6, 2011
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Lacona, IA
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.

 

Den in Penn

Songster
8 Years
Dec 15, 2011
3,418
213
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SE Pa.
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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