??broody?? hen has a bald belly!!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by wanderseek, Sep 6, 2010.

  1. wanderseek

    wanderseek Out Of The Brooder

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    This hen we have has been sitting in the next for like three days. No eggs under her except a couple of fake ones. Today, I finally lifted her off the next to shooed her out to get some food and drink. I felt that she was extra warm on her belly, checked her out, and her belly is bare! It's like she plucked herself bald down there! Do broodies do that to keep the eggs next to the skin so they'll be extra warm? Is this normal? Should I be concerned? Any words of wisdom? This is our first time with a broody hen.

    Thanks!!
     
  2. ADozenGirlz

    ADozenGirlz The Chicken Chick[IMG]emojione/assets/png/00ae.png

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    Quote:Yes, broodies can remove their belly feathers to prepare for warming eggs. It's normal and no cause for concern. Now's a good time to put some fertile eggs under her if you're so inclined, otherwise, it could be a while before she lays her own eggs again!
     
  3. Surehatch

    Surehatch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yes, broodies can remove their belly feathers to prepare for warming eggs. It's normal and no cause for concern. Now's a good time to put some fertile eggs under her if you're so inclined, otherwise, it could be a while before she lays her own eggs again!

    Good point
     

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