Do Broody hens...?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by WildflowerJLH, May 19, 2011.

  1. WildflowerJLH

    WildflowerJLH Chillin' With My Peeps

    ... lose their feathers below their chest?

    I have a hen that I think has been broody. I pull her out of the coop several times a day. I usually wear gloves, because she has tried to peck me when I take her out. Today, I was not wearing my gloves, so I noticed that her "chest" below her crop felt really warm. I looked under her, and she has NO FEATHERS on her underside. Her butt is fluffy like it normally is. The front of her chest looks normal. The skin does not look red or strange in any way, except that she has no feathers there!

    Please tell me this is normal! If not, any ideas?
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    They actually pull them out so as to make contact with the eggs. Congrats on the broody!!
  3. KimberlyJ

    KimberlyJ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 13, 2010
    Perfectly normal. This way the chest can keep the eggs warmer.
  4. WildflowerJLH

    WildflowerJLH Chillin' With My Peeps

    That was my first thought, since it makes sense. That is why I posted this here, instead of in the sick chicken forum.

    She has been doing this for 2 weeks solid, maybe a couple more days. I have been unsuccessful at breaking her. Now, I have 3 chicks coming next week. Maybe I should stop trying to break her, and put those babies under her! I was planning to keep them in a brooder, but this is starting to make more sense.
  5. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Slip them under her at night, then check as soon as the sun comes up. Chances are she will accept them.

    I just had a hen hatch 2 eggs and I took the 5 eggs that hatched in the incubator and slipped them in. She's a happy hen now!
  6. WildflowerJLH

    WildflowerJLH Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have never done this before. Will I need to separate her from the rest of my layers and roo?
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas

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