Broody mama hen going into moult??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CluckySam, Nov 29, 2010.

  1. CluckySam

    CluckySam Out Of The Brooder

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    My broody hen, who is raising 3-week old chicks is looking very bedraggled and has lost head, neck and chest feathers. Is this a normal thing for broodies, or could there be an underlying other problem?

    Thanks.
     
  2. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    She will be fine i have one the same way she is a production red and hatched out 5 chicks, they are 3 weeks old now and she looks like a porkypine on her neck and back.
     
  3. crazyhen

    crazyhen Overrun With Chickens

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    Broody hens go through a lot and they need extra protein during the setting process. Give her a mix of salmon and yogurt and it will help her to regain her feathers quicker. My broodies start laying often a month or 5 weeks after they have brooded. Poor mommies. only stickers for their babies. [​IMG] Gloria Jean
     
  4. CluckySam

    CluckySam Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for your advice. [​IMG]

    Sam
     
  5. card5640

    card5640 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ihave had it happen too, I give a bit of dairy and a fat and finish feed it has more protein. I place food near her nesting so she will continue to eat, I find it puts them back into laying quicker as they are healthier and recover more quickly.
     

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