Feather Loss--not Moulting--Broody Patch?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by flippyfeets, May 26, 2010.

  1. flippyfeets

    flippyfeets New Egg

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    I have a bantam cochin (Miss Frances) who is missing all her feathers on her belly! She has been acting very broody lately, and growls at me whenever I reach in the nesting box/roost. I have read about a broody patch--is that why she is missing all her feathers on her belly? Or, should I start treatments for mites?

    Thank you for your help!
     
  2. pwand

    pwand Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That would be the broody patch. Hens have a hormone that casuses the belly feathers to come off.
     
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  3. flippyfeets

    flippyfeets New Egg

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    Thanks! Do I need to give her any extra protein or anything?
     
  4. pwand

    pwand Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No you don't need to give her anything extra. She should be fine.
     

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