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Broody hen losing stomach feathers

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by PurpleChicken, Oct 26, 2007.

  1. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    Is it normal for a broody hen to lose stomach feathers. She has been broody
    for around 10 days now. Today her stomach was completely featherless.
    It's not red, just naked.
     
  2. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They sometimes pull them out to line their nest. My Phoenix did this.
     
  3. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    She's pulling them out. They do that so they have direct skin contact (for body heat) to the eggs for incubating. I always know when I'm getting a broody because I'll find feathers all over the coop! [​IMG]

    Edited to add: Yes, they will also use their feathers for nesting material.
     
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  4. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    Thanks for the quick replies. I sorta figured it was something like
    that. She is fine in every other way. This is our first broody experience.
     
  5. TxChiknRanchers

    TxChiknRanchers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sniff sniff...................smells like birthday cake here to me
     
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  6. PurpleChicken

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    Quote:Your cute TX. Me and Drumstick are sitting here eating Oreos. No more big parties
    for me now that I'm old. [​IMG]
     
  7. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Deleted because I'm a blonde. No offense to the other blondes!
     
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  8. TxChiknRanchers

    TxChiknRanchers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    heck ,i'm so old i don't even get cookies!
     
  9. PurpleChicken

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    Carrie you got our curiousity up here. What happened?

    TXchicknranchers, I'll send you a bag of cookies anytime.
     
  10. chickenwoods

    chickenwoods Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dangit, I wish i had a broody!!,my hens are laying so horrible..at least they could set and give me some young'ns...
    A couple of my hens have bald unders,but never seen one of em setting for any length of time....:|
     

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