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Chicken picking out feathers

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by nanahas6girls, Jun 15, 2016.

  1. nanahas6girls

    nanahas6girls New Egg

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    Hi, I am new here on BYC. I have a Rhode Island Red adult hen who had been laying normally. She has now began picking out all her feathers on her belly, won't lay eggs, fluffs out her feathers, & talks a mile a minute if I get close to her, pick her up, or move her from the nesting box. She will scratch, eat, & drink. I don't know what is going on with her. There are 5 other hens in the coop with her, no roosters. Thoughts as to what may be going on? She isn't being cranky to me, but she is to the other girls.
     
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  3. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.

    Your hen is broody. Unusual for an RIR but broodiness is sometimes dependent on the individual. You can break her of brooding, or, if you wish to add to your flock, you can consider giving her chicks or fertile eggs to raise.
     
  4. Intheswamp

    Intheswamp Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - i agree with QM that it sounds like she has gone broody. If you do wish to break her broodiness, the type "broody buster" in the search box.

    All the best
    CT
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Sounds broody to me -
     
  7. nanahas6girls

    nanahas6girls New Egg

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    Thank you all for your answers! I appreciate the help [​IMG] I will be breaking her broodiness (sp?)
     

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