Broody hen plucking feathers

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by WalkingWolf, Jan 14, 2009.

  1. WalkingWolf

    WalkingWolf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2009
    North Carolina
    Ok I have this game hen that has been great. We put 7 silkie eggs under her and she hatched 5. It has been a week and she has done perfect. But today I picked her up to check the chicks and she has plucked her feathers on her lower abdomen. I assume to get her warm skin closer to the chicks.

    Will she stop after as the chicks grow or should I be concerned? I already have other chicks in a brooder I can pull hers and put them with the others, but I'm sure it will make her miserable.
     
  2. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

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    No worries, she'll stop as the babies get their own feathers. [​IMG]
     
  3. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    Totally normal !!! give it some time and all we normal again !!
    They do this while sitting on the eggs !!
     
  4. WalkingWolf

    WalkingWolf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2009
    North Carolina
    Thanks folks, I sorta figured that but I wanted to be sure. She is such a good bird I want to make sure I take care of her.
     

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