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has she lost her mind

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by maine egg man, Jan 23, 2009.

  1. maine egg man

    maine egg man Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 12, 2008
    i have noticed feathers in the nest box and have found one of my girls has pulled out most of her breast feathers , does she think that she is going to hatch her eggs unlikely as there is no roo,
  2. Chicken Cluck

    Chicken Cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2008
    I don't think it's possible for chickens NOT to lay eggs
  3. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    Quote:If there is no roo the eggs won't be fertile.

    Sounds like she is going broody.
    Time to order some hatching eggs and let her do it for you! [​IMG]
  4. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

    Mar 29, 2008
    Riverside/Norco, CA
    Yep. Egg buying time. It is futile to resist. You MUST buy eggs for your broody girl, and post pics when they hatch!
  5. Pinky

    Pinky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 15, 2008
    South GA
    Hens will pick their feathers to add to the nest??Is that why my hen that went broody last year had some missing breast feathers?
  6. cluckychick

    cluckychick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2008
    South of KCMO
    Quote:The skin to egg contact allows for the build up of humidity for hatching.
  7. Pinky

    Pinky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 15, 2008
    South GA
    Wow.I didn't know that.I learn something new here every day [​IMG]
  8. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I agree with the other posts. Sounds like she is going broody to me too. [​IMG] [​IMG]
  9. mjdtexan

    mjdtexan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 30, 2008
    Quote:Learnt someting taday. Tanks
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I often ask myself 'Has she lost her mind?!" about one of my goofy girls.Yes, plucking out the breast feathers is one sign of going broody. Staying on the nest all night when she usually goes to roost is another. Growling like a guard dog is another one. The breast feathers plucked makes the eggs closer to her skin and body heat; that's why they do that.

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